The master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar is among those six persons, who are shortlisted by the State government to inaugurate this year’s Dasara festivities starting on October 1. This year’s this Naada Habba Dasara will be go on till 11 days unlike the usual 10.
The other shortlisted personalities include freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy, Suttur Mutt seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami, poets Channaveera Kanavi and K.S. Nisar Ahmed, and novelist S.L. Bhyrappa.
In a high-level empowered committee meeting which was chaired by the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday has decided to conduct the Jamboo Savari and also the torchlight parade on October 11.
While addressing the media after this meeting, the CM said that the decision on selecting the personality for the inauguration would be taken by the Dasara Working Committee, which would hold a meeting on August 9.
According to the almanac ( panchanga ), Vijayadashami will be on October 11, while October 1 will be mark as the starting of Navaratri, the day on when the festivities normally begin.
The Dasara festivities will be further inaugurated atop of the Chamundi Hills on October 1 at 11.40 a.m. by offering puja to the Goddess Chamundeshwari. The CM has also instructed the Mysuru district administration to make sure that the stalls at the Dasara exhibition were also inaugurated on the same day.