In his address, Murmu said that the Mysuru Dasara festival represents Indian culture and tradition.
Stating that Karnataka is a land of spirituality, the president said Jainism and Buddhism flourish in the state, and Adi Shankaracharya established the Sringeri mutt here. Murmu also mentioned the influence of Sufi culture in Kalaburagi and Anubhava Mantapa of the 12th century social reformer Basavanna.
She said Karnataka also leads the country in information technology, attracting nearly 53% of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector and also topping the innovation index of the country. India‘s NITI Aayog Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020-21.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said in his speech, “The Dasara festival…is being celebrated after a two-year hiatus. The government has decided to celebrate it in the most meaningful and grand way. Dasara is ‘Naada Habba’ and it is celebrated in the homes of all working classes, farmers and common people. We pray that Goddess Chamundeshwari blesses the state with peace, prosperity and growth. The goddess blessed Karnataka with good rains and good harvests. The ‘Shakthi Peeta’ on top of the hills of Chamundi gives strength to the whole state… Dasara was celebrated in a grand way during the era of the Maharajas of Mysuru and the same practice continued in the democratic setup as well… »
The Mysuru Dasara festival is celebrated for 10 days starting with Navratri and on the 10th day (Vijaya Dashami) the whole city adorns itself and the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari is carried in a grand procession. This year, the 750 kg idol of the goddess will be transported by an elephant from the Amba Vilas palace in Mysuru to Bannimantap. After a two-year gap due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state government is celebrating the Mysuru Dasara festival in a grand way, ahead of next year’s Assembly elections.