The state that was Mysore

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. Β 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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚



Filed under beauty, history, ILoveIndia, KannadaNaadu, places

8 responses to “The state that was Mysore

  1. Tatsat

    Well, I did know a thing or two about Wadyars but definitely not this much. I too, like most of those from our generation, know Mysore because of the Infosys 😦 But there is so much history in there which we do not appreciate. Thank you for taking time out and sharing this all. You should write more on places you visit… There is this section in many book stores called ” Travelogues”, Maybe you could specialize in that over time. Who knows πŸ™‚

    • Haha πŸ™‚ Let’s see..
      You too can visit these places when you are on your all India trip! πŸ™‚

      • Tatsat

        You remember that πŸ˜›
        Well, 2014 summers πŸ™‚ I have to learn driving before that though 😦 ( stuck with bicycle till now )

      • Yes I do! πŸ™‚
        Plenty of time to learn driving. That’s one thing on my list too.. Learn driving and get a license. πŸ™‚

  2. Benoy John

    wow…cool :)..never knew about the curse and all when we visited…great writeup (as always πŸ™‚ )…

  3. Anu

    lovely write-up! it is sad that we know so little of the history and significance of our own treasures… I remember the time we’d gone to Talakadu… I was so fascinated by the story behind it… the memories gives me goosebumps even now! We have plans to take the little one to Mysore once he grows up a little bit and show him the palace and zoo etc.

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