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President Droupadi Murmu inaugurates Mysuru Dasara Festival

 President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated a ten-day Mysuru Dasara festival by offering prayers to Goddess Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi hills today. Starting her speech in Kannada, the President extended her greetings to the people on the festive occasion. She sought the blessings of Goddess Chamundeshwari for the well-being of the country and her people.

 Later, speaking in Hindi, the President said that Vijayadashmi is the celebration of victory of Goddess Chamundeshwari over demon Mahishasura. The President noted that the festival also celebrates women's power. She recalled the role played by Rani Abbakka Devi and Rani Chennamma in fighting foreign colonial powers, and Onake Obavva of Chitradurga who countered the soldiers of Hyder Ali.

 The President said that since time immemorial, saints have united society through festivals, and classics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha have guided people on to the forthright path.


 In his address on the occasion, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai said that after a gap of two years, the Dasara festival is celebrated on a grand scale this year, post the pandemic. He thanked the President for accepting his invitation to inaugurate the Dasara festival, the first President to do the honours ever.

 Governor Thawarchand Gehlot, Union Ministers Prahlad Joshi and Shobha Karandlaje were among those present on the occasion.

 After inauguration of the festival, the President left for Hubballi where she will receive a civic honour by Hubballi and Dharwad Municipal Corporation. Later, Ms Murmu will inaugurate a new campus of the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Dharwad.

 Tomorrow, the President will inaugurate the Integrated Cryogenic Engines Manufacturing Facility of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL, in Bengaluru. Cryogenic engines are used by the ISRO in its satellite launch operations.

 At the HAL, the President will also lay the foundation stone of the South Zonal Institute of Virology virtually. The President will also inaugurate St. Joseph University and in the evening, attend a civic reception hosted by the State Government in her honour. On Wednesday, the President will return to Delhi.

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