The former capital of the Mysore Maharaja's, Mysore still
retains its old world charm with its heritage buildings, cultural
traditions and scores of temples. The city with the main palace
as the focal point is divided mainly into the north zone,
comprising the Vinobha road; and the south zone by the Nazarbad
Main Road. Mysore is famous for its beautiful crepe silk sarees
and sandalwood oil as well as sandalwood and rosewood carved
articles, agarbattis and the delicious Mysore 'Pak'. Mysore
is the second biggest city in the State of Karnataka. It lies
130 kms from the State Headquarters, Bangalore. It is the
erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore
State from this royal city. It is now the headquarters of
Mysore District with a population of over seven lakhs. The
chief language of the people, as in the State of Karnataka,
is Kannada and original Kannada is spoken in this part of
the area. It covers an area of more than 40 sq.km. and is
administered by the Mysore City Corporation. Situated 763
meters above sea level surrounded by hill ranges from north
to south, it is known as the 'Garden City' and the 'City of
Palaces'. The famous Chamundi Hill, which is mythologically
associated with the name of the city, is to its southeast.
a tour to Mysore is an experience of a lifetime thanks to
the rich history and heritage of this city, which promises
to spellbind all the tourists to her land. The history of
Mysore dates back to ages in history, which records the city of Mysore being under the realm of a wicked demon called Mahishasura,
who was defeated by the Goddess Chamundi after a ten-day war.
The city of Mysore was also an important influence during
the prominence of the Vijayanagara Empire. A city, which takes
pride in preserving its rich culture, a tour to Mysore is
a must have while planning your tour itinerary to Karnataka.
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The high point of the celebration in the olden days was the
"Jamboo Savari" or the procession of the Maharaja
on elephant back through the streets of Mysore. It is said
that Dasara was celebrated in this manner from the times of
the epics and was continued by all the Kings of Mysore. Even
today Dasara is celebrated with the same pomp and splendor
with some minor changes. Now the Royal Elephant carries the
golden idol of Goddess Chamundhi in the splendid procession
through the streets of Mysore. Though Mysore has become a
modern city and has all the comforts of modern development,
this city has managed to retain all its old world charm.
The Hindu community is the largest religious community in
the city. Muslims form another prominent community in the
city and there is a sizeable population of Jains as well.
One finds people from different parts of the country, speaking
different languages, celebrating different festivals all co-existing
peacefully. Though Mysore has become a modern city it has
not lost touch with its tradition and culture. The ultimate
expression of cultural unity is witnessed during the 10 daylong
Dasara festivities that is synonymous with Mysore. The celebration
not only includes religious ceremonies but also the decoration
of houses, display of dolls, distribution of sweets to neighbours
and children. The residents of Mysore have celebrated Dasara
in this manner for decades.