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Mysore Travel Guide

Various arts and crafts thrived under the king's patronage, leading to the city earning the sobriquet of the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore receives a large number of tourists most of whom visit the city during the 10-day celebrations that goon during the Dasara festival. Mysore is also known as the city of palaces due to the large number of palaces that are present in the city.

Mysore is famous for sandalwood, silks, ivory, rose & teak wood carved furniture, sandalwood oil, agarbathis, etc.

Mysore, the sandalwood city is situated at an altitude of 77m about 14 km from Bangalore, near the Chamundi hills. This imperial city was the capital of the Wodeyars. The Wodeyars were the rulers of Mysore since the 14th century, until the independence from the British except for the 40 years of rule of Hyder Ali & Tippu Sultan. It is a beautiful city of palaces, gardens & temples. The ten days and nine nights of the Dussera festival around October/November is the best time to visit Mysore. The city is full of color, lights, music &festivities. On the final day, on Vijayadasami, there is a procession of camels, horses, elephants all finely decorated, palanquins, coaches, led by the former Maharaja in a golden howdah on a decorated elephant.

Mysore was originally known as Mahisuru, for the demon king Mahishasuran was vanquished here by Goddess Chamundeswari. There is a shrine for Goddess Chamundeswari atop the Chamundi Hills. Culture of Mysore - Mysore, also known as the cultural capital of Karnataka, is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara, the state festival of Karnataka. The Dasara festivities which go on for 10 days were first started by king Raja Wodeyar 1(1578-1617 CE) in the year 1610[44].

On the ninth day of Dasara called Mahanavami, the royal sword is worshiped and is taken on a procession involving elephants, camels, and horses[45]. On the tenth day called Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumbo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore city. An idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden mantapa on the top of a decorated elephant and is taken around in the procession, accompanied by tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses, and camels. The procession starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannirnantap where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped. The Dasara festivities culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with a torch-light parade (locally known as Panjina Kavayatthu).

Mysore is famous for rosewood inlay work, with an estimated 4000 craftsmen in Mysore involved in this activity. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore silk saree, feminine wear, made using pure silk and gold zari.