Mysuru that was earlier known as Mysore, Mahisooru, Mahishanadu etc., has a significant place in the annals of history. It has many first to its credit from vaccinating the subjects against deadly fever during the princely rule of Wadiyars to the establishment of Asia’s first hydro electricity plant at Shivanasamudra ( Shimsha) in Malvalli in Mandya ( as it was a part of erstwhile Mysore State then) between 1902 and 1908, laying foundation for democracy with ‘praja pratinidhi Sabhe’ ( people’s representation council) during the rule of Chamaraja Wadiyar X in 1881 to name a few. The Wadiyars here had also set an example in women’s empowerment by granting voting rights to women 112 years ago in 1907. Likewise you name a field Mysore has its early imprint, kudos to farsighted and benevolent Yadu dynasty of 25 kings who were known as Wadiyars, who ruled from 1333 AD to 1947 till India became independent.
Mysuru Dasara that is celebrated as ‘Naada Habba’ by the State Government still remains one of the major festivals celebrated in the country attracting people from across the globe. It starts with nine-day Navaratri that also relives the princely rule with the current titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar ascending golden throne for ‘Khasgi Durbar’. The 10th dat is celebrated as ‘Vijayadashami’ when Kings set out in 750-kg golden howdah mounted on elephant. Now, the idol.of Goddess Chamundeshwari is carried in the place of kings in the howdah. The illuminated Palace that also has a history of 100 years is still a sight to behold.
The list of eponymous products, some with geographical indicator ( GI) tag is also long. Mysooru mallige ( jasmine), Mysooru veelyedele ( beetel leaves), Mysooru badane ( brinjal) have remained an integral part of daily life. Mysore Pak, a one of its kind sweet that came from the kitchen of royals to tickle the taste buds of common man, still remains a must buy for take aways. Mysore silk saree, Mysore sandal soap and the list goes on with many products with a prefix- Mysore.
When it comes to Journalism too, Mysuru is not behind as it was once a cradle of community journalism with publications like ‘Thaayinaadu’, ‘Sadhvi’, ‘Mysooru Patrike’ am9nv several othwrs hitting the stands even before India became independent. The first Kannada magazine- ‘Mysore vrittanta bodhini’ of Bhashyam Bhashyacharya was also published in Mysuru. Since then Mysuru has remained a hub of newspapers with regional language newspapers aka Kannada still topping the charts when compared to other districts and providing equal space for English too, with ‘Star of Mysore’ being the only successful eveninger down south.
– Team Mysoorunews