Eternally Yours – Mysore

Ever seen those lovely paintings with the gesso work with gold foils pasted in appropriate places ? Yes if you have then obviously you know that this belongs to  a very royal place in the southern part of India. Coming from as old as the 15th century it is King Raja Wodeyar who has patronized this art form and today this place is famous for this style of painting.

Mysore – The land of the gesso work and the city of palaces. Now why exactly is it known as the city of palaces? There are innumerable palaces in this city of the past. There is Amba Vilas which is the very famous Mysore Palace, there is the Jaganmohan Palace, and then you have the Rajendra Vilas, then the Lalitha Mahal, and the Jayalakshmi Vilas. Today this Jayalakshmi Vilas is in the premises of the Mysore University. In the year 1897 the main Mysore palace got brunt down and it is the rebuilt form that we see today.

Mysore in India

The second largest Karnataka city this lovely city Mysore in India is also the headquarters of the district of Mysore and the place is very near to the city of gardens Bangalore which is known as Bangalore today. The name comes from the word Mahishuru meaning the place where Mahisha stayed. Mahisha means the demon Mahishashura who was killed by Goddess Durga. Situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills Mysore is very famous for all its colorful festivals. Mysore Pak the popular sweet dish and the Mysore Peta which is a silk turban, and Mysore silk are some of the famous stuff obtained here in Mysore which is famous across the world.

Chamundi Hills Mysore Mysore Pak Mysore Peta

Mysore, the second cleanest Indian city and the cultural hub of the state of Karnataka has Dussera as its state festivals. The ten day fervor is amazing and you shouldn’t miss going to this place during this time. The royal sword is worshipped during this time and the Jumboo Savari or the Dussera procession is a common feature here in Mysore. There is the Goddess Chamundeshwari on a golden mandap which is put on an elephant decorated very well and to the accompaniment of dances, bands and songs , this procession progresses from Mysore palace to the Bannimantapa near the banni tree. The Panjina Kavayathu is another festival which signals the end of the festivities.

The International Ganjifa Research Centre which introduced the Ganjifa Game is here. Mysore is popular for its rosewood also. The Mandakalli airport at Mysore connects the city to Chennai and Bangalore. The cities of Bangalore, Chamarajanagar and Hassan are connected to Mysore by train.

Get a tour of the city by visiting the palaces, then the Chamundeshwari temple on top of the Chamundi Hill and also the St. Philomena’s Church. These popular places attract a lot of attention. There is the Mysore Zoo here which has been existing since the year 1892, is a major sightseeing spot. Then of course you have the lakes Karanji and Kukkarahalli, The Regional Museum of Natural History, is a place to visit too.

Chamundeshwari temple St. Philomena's Church

Also visit the Krishnarajasagar dam and the Vrindavan gardens and just enjoy the place.

Krishnarajasagar dam Vrindavan gardens

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