1399. The Wadiyar dynasty ruled the kingdom king Yaduraya Wodeyar was the first maharaja of Mysore. The Wadiyars were of Lingayat faith and they promoted it as their state religion. The kingdom of Mysore was considered real in southern India. The kingdom initially served as a vassal state of the Vijaynagara empire.
Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali ruled Mysore for over 40 years. It was under the Wadiyar rule until it became a part of the Indian republic in the year 1950. Mysore city is now the headquarters of the Mysore district. Mysore is also known by the name city of palaces as well as the ivory city. Mysore is an important trading center and is known for its trade in cotton and silk textiles Mysore’s cottage industries include tobacco and coffee processing.
Rain-fed shallow depressions surround the land surrounding Mysore city. The Dasara celebrations in Mysore involve the jumbo safari on Vijaya Dashami. Tourists from all parts of the country gather in Mysore to watch the majestic sight. The famous palace of Mysore is 108 years old.
History says that Mysore had been ruled by the demon king named Mahishasura who was a buffalo-headed monster. Thus Mysore got its name from Mahishuru the city of the demon Mahisha Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon king, and her temple is situated at the top of Chamundi hills the anglicized form of Mahishuru in Mysore. Mysore is known for its rich cultural environment, as a result of which it has earned Mysore the moniker of the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka. Mysore is also a home to various heritage structures like the Mysore Palace and the Jaganmohana Palace.
Mysore is also known for its exceptional quality of Mysore silk and unique traditional paintings that hold immense value the Mysore paintings. The delicacies of Mysore for which people travel from different places are Mysore park and Mysore dosa. A festival named Mysore Dasara is celebrated with great pomp and fanfare. It is a ten-day festival starting with nine nights called the Navratri and the last day being called the Vijaya Dashami. This festival celebrates the conquest of good over bad. On this day goddess, Chamundeshwari killed Mahishasura. After the decline of the Vijayanagar empire, Mysore became an independent state under the Hindu Wodeyar Dynasty in AD 1565 in 1761 Hyder Ali overthrew the regaining dynasty in Mysore and established his own control over that state was succeeded by the Tipu Sultan in 1782.
Mysore the cultural capital of Karnataka has many educational commercial and administrative centers. It is the home for many great musicians composers dancers scholars and intellectuals. Amba Vilas Palace of Mysore is the most visited monument in India. The number of tourists visiting Mysore to get a glance at the palace has crossed the number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal. The road networks in Mysore follow a hub and speak mechanism with arterial roads that originate from the center of the city which is near the palace area Mysore consists of a total of 48 main roads covering a length of 58 kilometers. Mysore is known for its magnificent combination of historical heritage with the contemporary achievements of the city. The significant Mysore style has its trace in its paintings architecture music and even poetry.