We have already shared 2 amazing the Very Rare & Vintage collection of Photos of “City of Palaces” Mysore , Today we are presenting 3rd installment of it.
Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the third largest city in terms of population in the state of Karnataka, India, which served as the capital city of Mysore Princely Kingdom (Kingdom of Mysore) for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore.
The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural capital of South Karnataka. Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists.
Rare & Old Photo’s of Mysore | Part III
1# The Maharaja of Mysore Krishnaraja Wadiyar-IV and his brothers and sisters in 1895
2# The Maharajah of Mysore, from the Illustrated London News, 1867
3# The Temple in Chamundi Hill near Mysore. The gold & silver car in the foreground is used for carrying the image of Chamundi the goddess in procession. 1895
4# Jubilee Institute, Mysore c1890’s
5# Holy Statue of Bull (Nandi, the Mount of God Shiva) – Mysore, 1971
6# The Old Palace, Mysore, a photo by Nicholson & Son, Madras, c.1880’s
7# The Silver Throne in the Durbar Hall, Mysore Palace – 1895
8# The Deria Dowlut in Seringapatam. Frescoes on wall, a photo by Edmund David Lyon, 1868
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9# The Superintendent’s Bungalow – Mysore Mines. Headquarters of E.T. & H.C.T. Dec 1894-Feb 1895
10# Ornamental Gateway of a Palace – Mysore, Karnataka, 1895
11# Tank & Hill View of Mysore
12# Ooregum Gold Mine – view south from Nundydroog water tank 1895
13# Old Palace ,Mysore in 1885
14# Champion Reef Mine. 1895
15# The Entrance to the Palace Grounds, in a postcard from the 1910’s
The site where Mysore Palace now stands was occupied by a village named Puragere at the beginning of the 16th century. The Mahishuru Fort was constructed in 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III (1513–1553), who passed on the dominion of Puragere to his son Chamaraja Wodeyar IV (1572–1576). Since the 16th century, the name of Mahishuru has commonly been used to denote the city.The Mysore Kingdom, governed by the Wodeyar family, initially served as a vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire. With the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire after the Battle of Talikota in 1565, the Mysore Kingdom gradually achieved independence,and by the time of King Narasaraja Wodeyar (1637) it had become a sovereign state. Seringapatam (modern-day Srirangapatna), near Mysore, was the capital of the kingdom from 1610. The 17th century saw a steady expansion of its territory and, under Narasaraja Wodeyar I and Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, the kingdom annexed large expanses of what is now southern Karnataka and parts of Tamil Nadu, to become a powerful state in the southern Deccan.
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