India: H.H. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar 27th Maharaja of Mysore (Karnataka) India has been honoured by World Book of Records for the world famous 10 day long MYSORE DASARA FESTIVITIES were celebrated virtually and in low key celebrations with restrictions and necessary protocols. The Royal Family of Mysore kept alive the traditions which have been going on unabated for the last 410 years. These colorful celebrations have attracted more than 10 lakh tourists and devotees from across the world every year. The certificate of honour was presented to H.H Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar by Smt. Shikha Sharma (Adjudicator, WBR Banglore). Significantly, the main attraction of the ten-day Mysore Dasara festival is the Mysore Palace which is lighted daily with nearly 100,000 light bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the festival. Various cultural and religious programs highlighting the dance, music and culture of the State of Karnataka are performed in front of the illuminated Palace. On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore city. The main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed on a golden mantapa (which is around 750 kilograms of gold) on the top of a decorated elephant. This idol is worshipped by the royal couple and other invitees before it is taken around in the procession. Colourful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped. According to a legend of the Mahabharata, banni tree was used by the Pandavas to hide their weapons during their one-year period of Agnatavasa (living life incognito). Before undertaking any warfare, the kings traditionally worshipped this tree to help them emerge victorious in the war. The Dasara festivities would culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with an event held in the grounds at Bannimantap called as Panjina Kavayatthu (torch-light parade). On being recognized by World Book of Records, H.H Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar was congratulated by members of the Central Working Committee.