Krishna, Drona, Bheema don’t blink in face of cannon test
The cannons are fired 21 times as a gun salute to goddess Chamundeshwari and to mark the start of the Dasara procession.
To make sure the jumbos get used to the sound of the cannons, a team of personnel from the City Armed Reserve conducts firing rehearsals at regular intervals in the run-up to the procession.
A senior official told TOI the new elephants stayed calm during the half-hour practice session of cannon firing. “The jumbos do panic because of the sound of the cannons, but it is common among all animals,” he said. “They were hearing cannons go off after a year so they were a little afraid. But Drona, Bheema and Krishna stayed cool through their first test,” he said.