Mysore

Location : South-West Karnataka
Altitude : 770m Above Sea Level
Famous For : Sandalwood, Silk
Attractions : Dassara, Mysore Palace, Vrindavan Gardens

City Sandalwood and palaces City
Located in South-West of Karnataka at an altitude of 770m above Sea Level, it is a royal city known for its palaces and famous for its Sandalwood besides silk and handicrafts.  It is called the ‘city of Sandalwood fragrance’ and also ‘the city of Palaces’

History of Mysore
Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyar dynastic rulers. The Wodeyar kings  ruled Mysore since 14th century at a stretch before the advent of British Empure except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan wrested the control of Mysore.

Its legendary past
In the tenth century Mysore was known as "Mahishur Ooru"(town of Mahishasura)  following the mythological belief  that the buffalo-demon named Mahishashur was slain by the goddess Durga here. When during a wars between demons and gods, the devils defeated the gods, the goddess incarnated  furious Chamundeshwari and killed the  Mahishasura, the king of demons, atop the Chamundi Hill near Mysore. Ever since, the Mysore royal family worshipped Chamundeshwari as their  palace deity. Hills dedicated to Her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town.

Places to visit in Mysore
Mysore is a city of magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. This city, with its crowed Devaraja Market,  lies around the spectacular Maharaja's Palace. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Thick sandalwood forests lie in  Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood and incense besies the Mysore silk sarees and stone-carved sculptures

On its outskirts, Srirangapatnam is a place to visit where for the Palance and Museum of Tipu Sultan, a hero of 1857 revolt against the British Empire. Famous  Hoysala temple of Somnathpur lies around an hour's drive further.
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