15 Rare & Old Photos of Mysore “The City of Palaces” | Part I

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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.

Presenting 15 Rare & Old Photo’s of Mysore "The City of Palaces"  – Part I

1.  Ornamental Gates outside Pleasure Palace, Mysore. 1895

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2. The Maharaja of Mysore Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV ,Clicked on 2nd-February-1895

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3. Darya Doulut, Seringapatam; a photo by Nicholas and Co. c.1870's

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4. Anne Gunning in front of Nandi Statue on Chamundi Hill, Mysore City, Karnataka, Published in British Vogue Magazine 1956

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5. Spot where Tipu Sultan Died, Shrirangapattapam, C.1880

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6. H.H. The late Chamrapadra Woodear Bahadur (Chamarajendra Wadiyar), Maharajah of Mysore.

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7. Chamundi Hill Bull (Nandi). Cut out of one solid piece of stone – Mysore, Karnataka, 1895

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8. Taylor's Shaft – Mysore Mine 1890s

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9. Maharani Girls College  C.1890

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10. Group at Superintendent's Bungalow – Mysore Mines c.1895

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11. Kennedy's shaft from Poppet Head, Nundydroog Mine c.1895

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12. Brightly Colored Village Idols in Mysore, Karnataka, South India – c1944-45

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13. Mysore Palace

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14.  Devraja Market Road, c.1890

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15. Champion Reef mine showing mines to the North in Kolar field. c.1895

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The site where Mysore Palace now stands was occupied by a village named Puragere at the beginning of the 16th century.[he Mahishūru 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 Mahishūru 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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