Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-10-11 18:49 Mysuru: Incessant rain couldn't dampen the spirits of tourists and residents from catching a glimpse of Jamboo Savari on Vijayadashami. The Amba Vilas Palace grounds was jam-packed with enthusiastic crowd, who came to watch the grand finale - Jamboo Savari. The only hiccup was that the crowd had to occasionally take shelter under chairs to escape the showers. Folk artistes and 42 tableaux from various districts enthralled the crowd amid rain. Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah offered puja to Nandidhwaja in Makara Lagna at 2.16 pmand flagged off the Jamboo Savari procession. This year, Jamboo Savari began at 5 pm - a delay of two hours as the royal family handed over the golden howdah in the afternoon, after completing their rituals. Siddaramaiah accompanied by District In-charge Minister HC Mahadevappa and Mayor Bhyrappa offered flowers to goddess Chamundeshwari signalling the commencement of Jamboo Savari. All eyes were on 56-year-old Arjuna who carried the 750kg golden howdah for the sixth time. He was flanked by elephants Kaveri and Vijaya. Siddaramaiah said Dasara celebrations were being held in a low-key affair in view of the drought and Cauvery crisis. “Thankfully, we have received rain on Vijayadashami. Hopefully, it will rain for another three days and help us sail us through problems,” he said.