Celebrations and festivities often lead to a sad ending. As India tries to come out of the Navratri and Dussehra hangover, our cities and rivers brave pollution. While rivers and ponds are claustrophobic with idols and other religious materials thrown at visarjan, the air has been polluted with smoke. Also, the venues of the Ravan-effigy burnings have been left littered.
Expressing anger and disgust, the king of the sprawling Mysore Palace, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar took to Instagram to post a picture of the palace covered in garbage and trash. The iconic Dussehra celebrations observed with much flurry robbed cleanliness from the country’s “cleanest city”.
The picture posted by the king, shows plastic bottles, wasted paper, disposable plates among other things scattered on the palace floor. The king angrily asked, “When will the people understand that the Palace Durbar hall is not a theatre. Never has anyone at any point been allowed to consume food at the durbar hall, let alone throw around their trash like some theatre.”
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The festival also known as Mysore Dasara, is the biggest festivity in the city and is celebrated with full grandeur. The pinnacle of celebration is observed with a royal procession by elephants and horses and the entire city witnesses the fanfare.
The king rightly questioned the wreckage and the sanctity of the festival and said, “We should understand at some point that we must preserve the sanctity of our sacred festival, our great city, and its landmarks.”
Mysuru, which won the cleanest city award earlier this year for the Swachh Bharat Mission, was bereaved by this recklessness. In his post the king also expected that such an act would not be repeated. “Hope this blatant disregard to our most sacred building is not a [an] annual feature,” Wadiyar added.