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Mysore Travel Guide

Mysore is the second biggest city in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city is located at the foot of Chamundi Hills. Mysore is renowned for the Dussehra festival during which a multitude of holidaymakers visit the city. Hindu mythology states that Mysore was reigned by Mahishasura a monster and the demon was later on killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari.

Till the 15th century the region where Mysore locates today, was admitted as Puragere. The fort was constructed in the year 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III. The Wodeyar dynasty was the great supporter of art and culture. They assisted as a vassal to the Vijayanagara Empire. Till 1947, the Mysore city was the capital of the Wodeyars. Mysore city is the cultural capital of Karnataka. Dussehra is the most important festival of the city. This festival is famous for a period of 10 days and it was commenced by King Raja Wodeyar I in the year 1610. The ninth day of the jubilation is famous as Mahanavami and the majestic sword is adored on this day. Processions representing decorated elephants, camels and horses are taken out.

The fashion of painting dominant is an outgrowth of the Vijayanagar School of painting. The typical feature of these paintings is the plaster of Paris work in which gold hydroplanes are pasted. Mysore is also famous as City of Palaces. There are a large number of palaces around the city to celebrate the culture holidays of India. The renowned Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is now being convinced into a museum and is committed to folk culture.

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