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Mysore Palace by night
Mysoremarker ( ; to be renamed Mysuru) ( ) is the second largest city in the state of Karnatakamarker, Indiamarker. It is the headquarters of the Mysore districtmarker and the Mysore division and lies about southwest of Bangaloremarker, the capital of Karnataka . The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishūru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for Mahishasura, a demon from the Hindu mythology. The city is spread across an area of and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills.Mysore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnatakamarker state of Indiamarker. Mysore is also known as Palace City of India. The Mysore Palacemarker in the city is one of the most visited monuments in India, even beating Taj Mahalmarker of Indiamarker.

Attractions

Brindavan Garden Fountains at Night
  • Mysore Palacemarker : is a palace situated in the city. It was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar (royal offices).The term "Palace of Mysore" specifically refers to one of these palaces, Amba Vilas.


  • Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that has a beautiful botanical park, full of exciting fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam. Diwans of Mysore planned and built the gardens in connection with the construction of the dam. Display items include a musical fountain. Various biological research departments are housed here. There is a guest house for tourists.It is situated at Krishna Raja Sagaramarker (KRS) dam.


Chamundi temple


  • Jaganmohan Palace : was built in the year 1861 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in a predominantly Hindu style to serve as an alternate palace for the royal family. This palace housed the royal family when the older Mysore Palace was burnt down by a fire. The palace has three floors and has stained glass shutters and ventilators. It has housed the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery since the year 1915. The collections exhibited here include paintings from the famed Travancore ruler, Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich and many paintings of the Mysore painting style.


  • Chamundi Hills is close to the palace city of Mysore. Its average elevation is 1,000 meters. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. Among other landmarks, you can see the race course, the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes. At dusk, the view of the city is especially beautiful, and on Sunday evenings and during the Dasara festival, the illuminated Mysore Palace glitters like gold.
Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore
  • St. Philomena's Church : is a church built in the honour of St. Philomena in the city of Mysore. It was constructed in 1956 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedralmarker in Germanymarker. In 1926, Thamboo Chetty who was a secretary to the Maharaja of Mysore, Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar obtained a relic of the saint from Peter Pisani, Apostolic Delegate of the East Indies. This relic was handed over to Father Cochet who approached the king to assist him in constructing a church in honour of St. Philomena]. The Maharaja of Mysore laid the foundation stone of the church on 28 October 1933. In his speech on the day of the inauguration, the Maharaja is quoted to have said: The new church will be strongly and securely built upon a double foundation — Divine compassion and the eager gratitude of men.. The construction of the church was completed under Bishop Rene Fuga's supervision. The relic of Saint Philomena is preserved in a catacomb below the main altar.




  • Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion : This palace was built in the year 1905 by Chamaraja Wodeyar for his eldest daughter Jayalakshmi Devi. This mansion has three wings and contains a series of twin Corinthian and Ionic columns, regal pediments and oval ventilators. The mansion was originally built with a cost of Rs. 7 lakhs. This mansion was acquired by the Mysore University to house its post-graduate campus. It was renovated in the year 2002 from funding provided by Infosys foundation. The main hall in this mansion is the Kalyana Mantapa which has an eight-petal shaped dome with stained glass windows with a gold-plated Kalasha(tower) at the top. A new gallery called as Writer's Gallery has been created in the Kalyana Mantapa hall that will exhibit personal items, photographs, awards and writings of renowned writers of Kannada. A special illumination system has also been added to this heritage structure. This mansion is said to be the first university museum complex in the country.


Rail Museum at Mysore.


  • Lalitha Mahal: is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city.The architect of this palace was Mr E W Fritchley. The palace was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in the year 1921 for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India. The palace is pure white in colour and is built in the style of Italian palazzo with twin Ionic columns and domes. It also has a sprawling terrace and landscaped gardens.






Elephant & calf in the Mysore Zoo


  • Rail Museum: This museum is located near the Mysore Railway station and is the second one of its kind established in India after the one at Delhimarker. This museum exhibits ancient locomotives and carriages some of which are still in working condition. Photographs and books related to railway are also present.


  • Oriental Research Institute , formerly known as the Oriental Library, established in 1891 contains over 33000 palm leaf manuscripts .


  • Mysore Zoo : one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India. Located on the outskirts of Mysore, the zoo is home to a wide range of wild species. The official name for the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, though it is known commonly by its shortened name. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world.


Around Mysore

Open billed storks, Rangantittu B.S.


  • Srirangapatnamarker : (also spelt Srirangapatna; anglicized to Seringapatam during the British Raj) is a town , situated a mere 13 km from Mysore city .The entire town is enclosed by the river Kaveri to form an island . The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town, making Srirangapattana one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in south Indiamarker. Srirangapattana became the de facto capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Other attractions include the Jumma Masjid (a Mosque) and the Daria Daulat Gardens. The Karighatta (Black Hill) and its temple of Lord Srinivasa is situated a few kilometres from the town. The deity is that of Kari-giri-vasa (one who resides on the black hill). The famous Nimishambha temple is located in the near by district of Ganjammarker. The summer palace of Tipu Sultan is also a very interesting place.






  • Shivanasamudra Fallsmarker : is the second biggest waterfall in Indiamarker and the sixteenth largest in the world. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri and is the location of the first Hydro-electric Power station in Asia, which was set up in the year 1902 . This is a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. It has an average width of 849 meters, a height of 90 m, and an average volume of 934 cubic meters / sec. Gaganachukki on the left is a large horsetail waterfall and Barachukki (also spelled Bharachukki) on the right is a jagged crashing cascading waterfall. During the monsoon season this waterfall grows enormous, perhaps a thousand feet in width. The right waterfall is the Bharachukki. . Asia's first hydro-electric power stations, still functional, is located at the waterfall. This station was commissioned by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir K. Seshadri Iyer. The electricity produced here was initially used in the Kolar Gold Fieldsmarker. Thus, Kolar Gold Fieldsmarker became the first town in Asia to get hydro electricity.


  • Talakadmarker : or Talakadu is a town on the left bank of the Kaveri river at a spot where the river makes a sharp bend. It is 45 km from Mysoremarker .A historic site, Talakad once had over 30 temples that today are buried in sand. Now it is a scenic and spiritual pilgrimage center. Here the eastward flowing Kaveri river changes course and seems magnificiently vast as here the sand on its banks spreads over a wide area.
Temple Recovered from Sand Dunes at Talakadu
At Talakad sand covers the temples. Stone pillars, square at the base and made to fit into a wheel below the abacus, lie scattered about. Among the temples of Talakad, the Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanathee-shwara and Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous. In honour of these five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana, last held in 2006. The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka.There is also a Vishnu temple, Keerthinarayana.

  • Bylakuppemarker : is the location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), two adjacent Tibetan refugee settlements, in the west of Mysore district . It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition).Particularly well known among the temples is the spectacular Golden Temple which is also a major tourist spot in the area.


Gallery

Image:Lalitha mahal mysore ml wiki.JPG|Lalitha Mahal, MysoreImage:Myspalbang.jpg|Entrance to the Ambavilas Palace, commonly known as Mysore PalacemarkerImage:Mahisha.jpg|Statue of the demon Mahishasura atop the Chamundi HillsImage:Karanji_lake_pic.jpg|Karanji lake in MysoreImage:RanganathaTemple.jpg| Ranganatha TempleImage:Paintedstork group RBS.jpg|Painted stork colony, Rangantittu B.S.Image:Temple Sculpture Talakadu.jpg|Sculpture from Talakadumarker Lord Shiva Temple.Image:Talakadu Temple.jpg|Temple Recovered from Sand Dunes at Talakadu

See also



References

  1. An overview of the Regional Museum of Natural History is provided by
  2. An overview of the Folk Lore Museum is provided by
  3. An overview of the Rail Museum is provided by



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