Mysore, is the second largest city in the state of
Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the
Mysore division and lies about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore,
the capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicised version of
Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for
Mahishasura, a demon from the Hindu mythology. The city is spread across
an area of 128.42 km (50 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the
Until 1947, Mysore was the capital
of the Kingdom of Mysore which was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except
for a brief period in the late 18th century when Haidar Ali and Tipu
Sultan usurped power. The Wodeyars were patrons of art and culture and
have contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city, which
has led to Mysore earning the sobriquet Cultural capital of Karnataka.
Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara
festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also
lends its name to the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore
Pak and the garment, Mysore silk saree.
tourism is the major industry in Mysore, the growth of information
technology related industry in the first decade of the 21st century, has
resulted in the city emerging as the second largest software exporter
in the state of Karnataka, next to Bangalore.
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