Mysore, that’s where I was in the weekend that went by. We friends had gone there to attend a wedding. Though I have visited Mysore a few times before, it had been quite sometime, since the last visit.
Mysore, a part of Karnataka, which was once known as Mysore state itself, is sadly known only for it’s Infosys campus by the youngsters nowadays. It was famous for it’s royal family, cultural heritage and mythological stories. It is located at the foot of the Chamundi Hill and was previously called Mahishuru, supposedly named after Mahishasura. A daemon, who was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is located atop the hill.
The state was ruled by the royal family of Wodeyars. The curse on the Wodeyar family, is as famous as the royal family itself. An idol of Alamellamma, who cursed the family, is still said to be worshipped by them. The curse was –
“TalakaDu maraLagali, Malangi maDuvagali, Mysooru doregaLige makkaLagade hogali”.
I’m using the wiki translation here, with slight modification –
“May Talakad turn into a barren expanse of sand, May Malangi turn into an unfathomed whirlpool, May the Rajas of Mysore not have children, till eternity”.
The curse holds good till date. There have been no children in the Wodeyar family and the kingdom/heirloom was passed on to adopted children. From what I have heard from my mother, the adopted child grows up to be a King, has a child, but the child in the successive generation has to be adopted again. The other part of the curse is also said to have come true. The temples of Talakad are buried under sand and dug out once in twelve years and the Malangi has deep waters. Isn’t it so miraculously strange? Read more about it here – Curse on the Wodeyars if you are interested. The current King, Srikantha Datta Wodeyar is also childless.
Visiting the palace and the temple again was something that I was looking forward to. But, I was hugely disappointed with the current situation. The crowd to view the palace on a weekday, was close the crowd seen in the Tirupathi temple. I was shocked! We couldn’t take a look at anything in peace or get to know more about it, as we were being pushed around in the crowd. The temple visit was great though. Re-lived the childhood memories by taking a pic in front of the Mahishasura statue.
Mysore is also very well known for sandalwood and it’s products, for Mysore Silk sarees. A visit to the shopping store owned and run by the Government, shopping these stuff, was fun! 🙂 Also seeing the tree lined streets reminded me of how Bangalore used to be a few years back and how drastically things have changed now.
Mysore Zoo and the KRS dam, with the Botanical gardens was something we had to skip due to lack of time. If you like travelling and have an interest in visiting places and knowing more about them, Mysore can be added to your list. The Mysore Dasara is something that needs no mention. You have to see the lighted up palace, in all it’s glory, atleast once. 🙂