Mysore is believed to be the corrupted form of 'Mahishasurana Ooru', which means 'the town of Mahishasura'. According to a legend, Mahishasura was a wicked demon who had secured a boon for himself that no man could kill him. However, when his atrocities grew too much, Chamundeshwari, the Goddes and the patron deity of Mysore royalty killed him and freed the kingdom from his cruelty. The palaces and fragrant smells mark this erstwhile capital of Karnataka that blends perfectly with the clean, serene and easygoing aura of the city. The old world charm and rich aromas adorn the city.
Imposing and magnificent palaces and monuments testify the rich
heritage of the city with well-planned beautiful gardens and sacred
temples. The Wodeyar family continues to enjoy the mark of royalty since
14th century except for the turbulent forty years in the late 18th
century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan took over the city. Befitting the
capital of Maharajas, Mysore has been carefully planned and has a
distinctly native identity of a princely city. Besides the architectural
heritage, Mysore has much to boast of including being the centre of fine
arts such as music and dance, art and literature, a city of the learned
and renowned scholars and skilled craftsmen, who flourished under the
patronage of benevolent Wodeyar rulers.
The Mysore shopping highlights are sandalwood
products, oil, and fine silk fabrics featuring the hand-woven silk
sarees and garments along with rosewood and sandalwood handicrafts,
copperware, stoneware, brassware, wooden furniture, sandalwood powder,
perfumes and lacquer ware. Sayaji Rao Road is the best market place of
the town. However, during the festival season, wares from all over the
country are available here.
Mysore Tourist Attractions
The temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari is perched at 1,100-feet above sea
level on Chamundi Hills. The royal family's patron deity can be reached
by climbing 1,000 stone steps featuring the 3 century old 4.8m high
statue of Nandi Bull halfway, which has beautifully carved ornaments
adorning it. Another temple nearby is dedicated to Mahishasura, the
demon killed by the Goddess.
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