40 Facts About Mysore


Mysore, officially Mysuru, is a city in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India.

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Mysore city is geographically located between 12° 18' 26? north latitude and 76° 38' 59? east longitude.

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Mysore is situated at the foothills of Chamundi Hills about 145.

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The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet of Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

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Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world.

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Mysore is known for betel leaves and own its special variety of jasmine flower fondly referred as "Mysore Mallige".

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Name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha in the vernacular Kannada.

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The common noun Mahisha, in Sanskrit, means buffalo; in this context Mahisha refers to Mahishasura, a mythical demon who could assume the form of either a human or a buffalo, and who, according to Hindu mythology, ruled the ancient parts of Mysore Kingdom, known in Sanskrit as Mahishaka, centred at Mahishapura.

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Mysore was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills, after whom it is named.

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The Kingdom of Mysore, governed by the Wodeyar family, initially served as a vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire.

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The landlocked interior of the defeated kingdom of Mysore was turned into a princely state under the suzerainty of the British Crown, with the five-year-old Wodeyar Krishnaraja III as titular ruler and with Purnaiah, who had served under Tipu, as chief minister or Diwan and Lt.

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The Mysore municipality was established in 1888 and the city was divided into eight wards.

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Until the independence of British India in 1947, Mysore remained a Princely State within the British Indian Empire, with the Wodeyars continuing their rule.

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Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, then king of Mysore, was allowed to retain his titles and was nominated as the Rajapramukh of the state.

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Mysore is located at and has an average altitude of 770 metres .

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Mysore is the southernmost city of Karnataka and is a neighbouring city of the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south, flanked by the state cities Mercara, Chamarajanagara, and Mandya.

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Mysore has several lakes, such as the Kukkarahalli, the Karanji, and the Lingambudhi lakes.

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Mysore has The Biggest 'Walk-Through Aviary' called Karanji Lake in India.

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Mysore has a tropical savanna climate bordering on a hot semi-arid climate under the Koppen climate classification.

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Citizens of Mysore have criticised MUDA for its inability to prevent land mafias and ensure lawful distribution of housing lands among city residents.

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Mysore city, being part of the larger Mysore Lok Sabha constituency, elects one member to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament.

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Growth in the information technology industry in Mysore has led to a change in the city's demographic profile; likely strains on the infrastructure and haphazard growth of the city resulting from the demographic change have been a cause of concern for some of its citizens.

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Mysore has traditionally been home to industries such as weaving, sandalwood carving, bronze work and the production of lime and salt.

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Mysore has emerged as an industrial hub in Karnataka next to Bangalore.

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Mysore has many shopping malls, including the Mall of Mysore which is one of the largest malls in India and Karnataka.

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Mysore is called the City of Palaces because of several ornate examples in the city.

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The palace of Mysore burned down in 1897, and the present structure was built on the same site.

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Mysore painting style is an offshoot of the Vijayanagar school of painting, and King Raja Wodeyar is credited with having been its patron.

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Mysore is the location of the International Ganjifa Research Centre, which researches the ancient card game Ganjifa and the art associated with it.

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Mysore is connected by National Highway NH-212 to the state border town of Gundlupet, where the road forks into the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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Mysore has implemented Intelligent Transport System to manage its city buses and ferrying commuters.

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Many local newspapers are published in Mysore and carry news mostly related to the city and its surroundings, and national and regional dailies in English and Kannada are available, as in the other parts of the state.

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Mysore started receiving television broadcasts in the early 1980s, when Doordarshan started broadcasting its national channel all over India.

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Mysore invented new board games and popularised the ganjifa card game.

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Mysore was the venue for six sports: archery, gymnastics, equestrianism, handball, table tennis and wrestling.

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Mysore is a major tourist destination in its own right and serves as a base for other tourist attractions in the vicinity.

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Mysore Zoo, established in 1892, the Karanji, Kukkarahalli and the Blue Lagoon Lake are popular recreational destinations.

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Mysore has the Regional Museum of Natural History, the Folk Lore Museum, the Railway Museum and the Oriental Research Institute.

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Short distance from Mysore city is the neighbouring Mandya District's Krishnarajasagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens, where a musical fountain show is held every evening.

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Places of historic importance close to Mysore are Mandya District's Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna.

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