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Mysore was actually called Mahishuru. According to Hindu mythology, the area was ruled by a demon called Mahishasura. He was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hill. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called as Mysore. Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka and is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills.
|Nandi on Chamundi Hill|
Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace
|Mysore Maharaja’s Palace|
and for the festivities that take place during the Dusshera, the state festival of Karnataka. Mysore is known for its rosewood inlay work, Mysore paintings, Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban), Mysore silk saree and a sweet dish named Mysore Pak. Until India’s Independence, Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore/Princely State (the Kingdom comprise the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu including the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry). The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty till the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan assumed power.
One can access Mysore by the following means: – By Air: Nearest Airport is Bangalore International Airport which is approx. 145 Kms (one way) – By Rail: Mysore railway station – By Road: It is very well connected with buses and taxis from Bangalore and major cities.