Dhananjaya makes a debut with 500-kg sandbag
Mysore Dasara 2018, News

Dhananjaya makes a debut with 500-kg sandbag

September 15, 2018

Mysuru: The 37-year-old Dhananjaya, who is participating in the Dasara celebrations for the first time was given weight carrying practice for the first time, this morning. First a cushion (gaadhi) was placed on him and above that a cradle (thottilu) was placed and inside that, 500-kg sandbag was placed.

Dhananjaya, who is touted to be the next Howdah Elephant, took it all in its stride and without any hesitation, fear or confusion marched from the Palace to Bannimantap Grounds. It reached the Grounds along with other elephants in 75 minutes.

Speaking to Star of Mysore Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sidaramappa Chalkapure, said that Dhananjaya looked like a competent elephant as he cooperated when the weights were placed on him. He can be groomed for bigger roles in the future, he added.

Meanwhile, for the first time this Dasara season, all the 12 elephants marched in line as part of the walking practice. Since the last one week, it was just the six elephants, led by Ambari elephant Arjuna, who were involved in the practice. During the practice march, people on the route were happy to see all the 12 elephants walking in line. Many were seen offering fruits and jaggery to the elephants and even folding hands in reverence.

Dasara elephants weighed

The second batch of Dasara elephants led by Balarama, which arrived at the Mysore Palace yesterday were all weighed this morning at Sairam Lorry Weighing Service Centre on Dhanavanthri Road.

The following are the weight of the elephants: Balarama weighed 4,910 kgs, Abhimanyu-4,930 kgs, Drona-3,900 kgs, Prashantha-4,650 kgs, Kaveri-2,830 kgs and Vijaya weighed 2,790 kgs.

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