and 1945, the Wodeyars commissioned five of the finest artists in
Karnataka to paint the glory and grandeur of the Dasara Procession.
26 panels based on actual photographs were created. White oxen
pulling the wagons wear their own red and green uniform – cloak
adorned with ganda bherunda, the two-headed eagle and insignia of
the Mysore royal family. Crowds line the street, and some folk watch
from the rooftops. Procession passing by St Philomena’s Cathedral
was one of the largest Catholic churches built in India, its two
tapering spires rising to a height of 175 feet – nearly 54 metres,
the foundation stone of this magnificent neo-Gothic cathedral was
laid by the King, Krishanraja Wodeyar the Fourth, in 1933.
Schoolgirls peer out from behind the Church wall, but just outside
the gate, the priest and European parishioners mingle with the
spectators. Above the entrance to the church is a banner with a
message of good will, it says “God bless our Maharajah”.
Classic cars from 1930 parked under lamp post of the side street.
Horsemen in red uniform each one carrying a gleaming steel sword.