Mysore, Karnataka, India

Before India's independence in 1947, Mysore was a landlocked princely state of 30,000 sq. miles. The transfer of additional territories to the state in 1953 and 1956 united the Kannada speaking peoples, gave the state access to the sea, and greatly extended its boundaries; it was named Karnataka ("Lofty Land" in Kannada) in 1973. Mysore city center contains the Maharaja's Palace (1897) with its ivory and gold throne, Curzon Park, the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower (1927), Gandhi Square, and two statues of maharajas. West of the city center are the former British residency (1805), the noted Oriental Library, university buildings, and public offices. Jaganmohan Palace now hosts a museum. Pilgrims visit Chamundi Hill (3,490 ft) with its monolith of Nandi, the sacred bull of Shiva. The area around Mysore is drained by the Cauvery River and its tributaries. [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica]

Holy cow  (with clock tower)

New Statue Circle (more)

KR circle

Jagmohan palace & museum

Gandhi Square

Street sleeper

Now playing (more)

Mysore from above

Mysore Palace

When Vijayanagar empire fell in 1565, its domains were usurped by one of their feudatories, the rajas of Mysore, and the Mughals. In the 17th century the wodeyars ("rulers") of Mysore, profiting from the conflict between the Mughals and the Marathas in western India, as well as from the confusion after the death (1707) of Aurangzeb, expanded their rule. But wodeyar misrule at home and their interference in wars of succession in the plains led to their ousting in 1761 by Haidar Ali, a military adventurer. His invasions of Malabar and the Karnataka plains extended Mysore's dominion but eventually led, after the Mysore Wars, to the death of his son Tipu Sultan in 1799 at the hands of the British, who sponsored the restoration of wodeyar rule. Mysore was governed by a British commissioner from 1831 to 1881, when administration was once again restored to the wodeyar. The last of the wodeyars became governor of the state after the territorial reorganizations of 1953 and 1956 and the formation of Karnataka in 1973.

Palace of the Wodeyars

Indo-Saracenic design (1, 2)

Built between 1897-1912 CE

South gate (North gate)

View from western gate

Sri Shveta Varahaswami temple 

Durbar hall from far (1, 2)

Western boundary (more)

Chamundi Hill

Chamundeshwari temple (1, 2)

Chamundi hill climb (more)

Nandi statue (more)

Damroos anyone?

Devaraja Fruit & Vegetable market

Market facade

Heaps o' dyes

Flowers by the kilo

Betel nuts

Garland seller (more)

Paan leaves seller

Paan leaves sellers

Boy rolling an incense stick

Going bananas (1, 2)

Banana boy

Flower seller

Flower seller

Fruit stall

Fruit stall

Fruit stall

Fruit stall

Incense stall (more)

Veggies stall

Veggies stall (more)

Veggies stall

Onion seller (more)

Onion seller (more)


Smoking man

Brindavan Gardens


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