Gajraja Balarama, The Iconic Elephant Of Mysuru Dasara Passes Away; PM Expresses Sadness

by Tejashee Kashyap
Gajraja Balarama, The Iconic Elephant Of Mysuru Dasara Passes Away; PM Expresses Sadness

Elephants have always played an important role in the history and culture of India, and they continue to be an integral part of many festivals and events, including the Mysuru Dasara. However, in a sad event, the iconic elephant of Mysuru Dasara celebrations, Gajraja Balarama passed away on Sunday evening due to age–related health issues and TB. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid respect to Balarama and expressed his sadness over the occurrence.

How Did Gajraja Balarama Pass Away?

Gajraja Balarama played a significant role in Mysuru’s legendary Dasara celebrations for a long time. People have warm memories of him carrying Maa Chamundeshwari’s Murthy.

According to Indian Express, Balarama had reportedly been sick and had ceased drinking and eating for some time. He was a calm and collected elephant who greatly aided in educating other elephants. He will be given a postmortem. Additionally, he may get official funeral honours.

Born in 1958, Balarama participated in the Mysuru Dasara celebration by carrying the golden howdah thirteen times. In Karnataka’s Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, he resided in an elephant camp.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About Mysuru’s Dasara Aahara Mela

What Is Mysuru Dasara?

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A 10-day festival, Mysuru Dasara is celebrated in the city of Mysuru in the state of Karnataka, India. The festival is renowned for its grandeur and cultural significance. One of the most iconic and significant events of the Mysuru Dasara is the procession of decorated elephants, which is a spectacle that draws visitors from all over the world.

Additionally, the procession of decorated elephants is one of the highlights of the festival, and it is a sight that is truly awe-inspiring. Great care and attention is given to the elephants participating in the Mysuru Dasara procession. Beautiful and elaborate decorations adorn them, such as gold and silver ornaments, colourful cloth, and flowers.

Moreover, the elephants are trained for performing various tasks during the procession. They carry the idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of the Mysuru Dasara festival, as well as various other idols and symbols of cultural significance.

The elephants in the Mysuru Dasara procession are a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of India, and they are a testament to the close relationship that exists between humans and animals.

Image Credits: Twitter/Narendra Modi