Bengaluru: In a joint initiative, Bangalore International Airport Limited and department of tourism, Karnataka government have installed a big statue of an elephant in front of Bengaluru airport ahead of Dussehra festival.

The statue is placed to experience the ecstatic feeling of Mysuru Dussehra 'habba' procession. It is believed that coming face to face with the lead elephant, bearing the impressive and ornate 'ambari', the sprightly mahout, the golden howdah and the resplendent deity of Goddess Chamundeshwari, is like getting a ringside view of the Mysuru Dussehra 'habba' procession.

As per the schedule, this year the famous 'Mysuru Dussehra' festival will be taking place from September 29 to October 8.

Earlier on August 22, an elephant-march was held in the Mysuru city as part of ongoing preparations for city's most loved festival. A large number of residents took part in the pre-festive march which was organised with great religious fervour.

Mysuru Dasara (Dussehra) is the official state festival of Karnataka and it is celebrated for 10 days. During the festival, the city is beautified. The famous Mysuru Palace is lit up with 100,000 light bulbs, making for a stunning sight.