News Reading Practice #20

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Cultural extravaganza comes to a close with an impressive procession on 'Raja Marga'; Chief Minister flags off Jamboo Savari by showering flower petals on Goddess Chamundeshwari idol

The Hindu Bureau

The Dasara celebrations concluded on Tuesday with the grand Jamboo Savari, or the Vijayadasami procession, that marks the finale of the 10-day festivities be- ing watched by a sea of humanity in the city of palaces.

All roads led to Mysuru for the royal spectacle with scores of people descending on the city to witness the culmination of the Das- ara celebrations, or the Na- da Habba (State festival). The city had come alive with a slew of events hosted across the city. The 10-day cultural extravaganza of Mysuru Dasara came to a close with an impressive procession on the Raja Marga of Mysuru even as crowds turned up in huge numbers to witness the iconic finale.

The procession began after the customary Nandi Dhwaja puja that was performed by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, outside the Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple at the Jayarama Gate of the palace, around 1.45 p.m. A group of people from Udigala's Sri Gowrishankara Nandidwaja Sangha carried the Dwaja.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who arrived by a KSRTC bus with Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakmar and his Cabinet colleagues, waved at the large crowds standing at the Chamaraja Circle to watch the procession. Artists from Tumakuru carrying 108 Nandi Dhwajas were the first to hit the procession route as they were cheered by the crowds amid loud music. They belonged to the Sri Gurusiddarameshwara Sene. This was followed by Veerabhadra Kunita by the Veeragase artists.

The colourful cultural pageantry unfolded thereafter starting with the majestic march by the caparisoned Nishane elephants led by veteran Arjuna and comprising Bheema, Gopi, Mahendra, Dhananjaya and Prashanth.

There were tableaux from 31 districts. In total, the procession had 150 participants, including tableaux and diverse cultural troupes drawn from various parts of the State.

Though there were repetitions of the cultural art forms, the crowds enjoyed as the music of drums and other instruments reverberated the palace and its surroundings.

Mysuru had an imposing tableau on the contributions of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar.

The most-awaited moment arrived as the stately tusker Abhimanyu entered the procession grandly carrying the 750-kg golden howdah with the utsava murthi of Goddess Chamundeshwari, flanked by elephants Vijaya and Varalakshmi, receiving a thunderous cheer.

The Chief Minister flagged off the Jamboo Savari, showering flower petals on the idol from an elevated platform in front of the palace around 5 p.m. This was followed by a 21-canon salute that reverberated in the palace vicinity as Abhimanyu raised its trunk as a mark of respect.

Grand finale: Caparisoned elephant Abhimanyu carrying the golden howdah, and flanked by elephants Varalakshmi and Vijaya, marching out of the palace premises during the Jamboo Savari. M.A. SRIRAM


Procession - ഘോഷയാത്ര, പ്രദക്ഷിണം, എഴുന്നള്ളത്ത്

Extravaganza - ആര്‍ഭാടപൂര്‍ണ്ണമായ പ്രകടനം.

Comes to a close - പരിസമാപ്തികുറിക്കുക

Impressive - മനസ്സില്‍ പതിയുന്ന, ഹൃദയഹാരിയായ

Flags off - തുടക്കം കുറിക്കുക

Shower - ചൊരിയുക

Flower petals - പൂവിതളുകള്‍

Idol – വിഗ്രഹം

Conclude - സമാപിക്കുക

Finale - പര്യവസാനം

A sea of humanity - മനുഷ്യക്കടല്‍

Spectacle - കാഴ്ച, പ്രദര്‍ശനം, അത്ഭുതദൃശ്യം

Scores - അനേകം (a great many)

Descend - അവതരിക്കുക, ഇറങ്ങുക

Witness – സാക്ഷ്യംവഹിക്കുക

Culmination - പരിപൂര്‍ണ്ണത, മൂര്‍ദ്ധന്യാവസ്ഥ

Come alive - ആവേശഭരിതമാവുക, ഊര്‍ജ്ജസ്വലമാവുക (to become excited and filled with energy)

A slew of - a large amount or number

Crowd - ആള്‍ക്കൂട്ടം

Turned up - എത്തിച്ചേരുക

Iconic -ഐതിഹാസികമായ

Customary - പതിവുള്ള, കീഴ്‌നടപ്പനസുരിച്ചുള്ള

Perform - അനുഷ്ഠിക്കുക

Cabinet colleagues - സഹമന്ത്രിമാര്‍

Wave at - കൈവീശുക

Cheer - ആര്‍പ്പുവിളിക്കുക

Amid - ഇടയില്‍

Pageantry - ആഡംബരപൂര്‍ണ്ണമായ പ്രദര്‍ശനഘോഷയാത്ര, ചമല്‍ക്കാരപൂര്‍ണ്ണമായ പ്രകടനം

Unfold - പ്രദര്‍ശിപ്പിക്കുക, തുറന്നുകാട്ടുക

Majestic - ഉജ്ജ്വലമായ, രാജകീയ പ്രൗഢിയുള്ള, അതിഗംഭീരമായ

Caparisoned - സജ്ജമാക്കപ്പെട്ട

caparison -  നെറ്റിപ്പട്ടം, കുതിരച്ചമയം

Veteran - ആചാര്യന്‍, അനുഭവസമ്പന്നന്‍, തഴക്കമുള്ളയാള്‍

Comprising - ഉള്‍ക്കൊള്ളുന്ന

Tableaux - (plural of  tableau) നിശ്ചലദൃശ്യങ്ങള്‍.

Diverse - വിഭിന്നമായ

Drawn from - ഒഴുകിയെത്തിയ

Reverberate - മാറ്റൊലികൊള്ളുക

Imposing - ഗംഭീരമായ

Stately - പ്രഭാവമുള്ള, ആകര്‍ഷകമായ

Tusker - കൊമ്പനാന

Grandly - പ്രൗഢമായി, ശ്രേഷഠമായി

Flanked by - ഇരുവശങ്ങളിലായി നില്‍ക്കുക-ആനയിക്കുക

Thunderous - ഗര്‍ജ്ജനപൂര്‍ണ്ണമായ

Thunder - ഗര്‍ജ്ജിക്കുക

Elevated - ഉയര്‍ന്ന

Cannon - പീരങ്കി

Vicinity - പരിസരം

Trunk - തുമ്പിക്കൈ