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Mysore History, India

Mysore is one of the largest cities in the state of Karnataka, India, and is around 145 kilometers from the capital of Karnataka i.e. Bangalore. Mysore is spread over an area of around 130 kilometer square and it is located right on the footsteps of Chamundi Hills. Recently the name of Mysore was changed to Mysuru.

In its early years the area which surrounds Mysore was ruled by Mahishasura, a deamon. This area was famous by the name of Mahishūru during those years. Later on Goddess Chamundeshwari finally succeeded in killing this dangerous deamon and hence the locals built a temple for her on the top of Chamundi Hill. With passing time, Mahishūru was changed to Mahisūru and later on to Maisūru. This final name Maisūru is still being used by the locals and it is a word from Kannada Language. Finally, the anglicized version of Maisūru was is what we call today as Mysore. As has been the case with most of the city names, the city of Mysore is all set to face name change. The central government has approved the name change but the regular formalities are yet to be completed. The new name of Mysore will be Mysuru.

Till 15th century the land on which Mysore is located was famous by the name of Puragere. The famous Mahishūru fort was constructed by the ruler Chamaraja Wodeyar III somewhere in 1524 and later his son Chamaraja Wodeyar IV was the one who ruled this region. Slowly the Vijayanagar Empire started to decline somewhere and by the year 1565 it lost control of this region totally. This is when Mysore started to work as sovereign state.

Later on, the famous ruler Tipu Sultan took control of Mysore. Under Tipu’s rule most of the Mysore was re-established as he wanted to remove any traces of the Wodeyar rule. After the decline of Tipu the Wodeyar rule once again came back to take control of Mysore and there control of Mysore continued till 1947.

After Indian independence, the state of Mysore was converted to the city of Mysore. The then king of Mysore was permitted to retain his tags and was named as the Rajapramukh of this state. He died in 1974 and this is when Mysore totally came under the control of Indian Government.

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