October 3, 2022


By R. Chandra Prakash

The Wadiyar dynasty of Mysore State had a divine coronary heart and a magic sceptre of their hand. Their perception in Goddess Chamundeshwari was the  divine driving pressure behind their rule. And, as if to offer credence to their perception in Goddess Chamundi, the dynasty’s womenfolk had been equal contributors within the safety and improvement of the State. Wadiyars constructed their Mysore State like craftsmen, for whom each element was an vital a part of the entire.  

 A Metropolis Planners’  Dream

It’s in a healthful view of their rule that Mysore metropolis turned the fulcrum of Wadiyars’  magical creation. Palaces they in-built Mysore weren’t as a lot for a present of pomp and pageantry, as a lot a portrayal of an general majesty and imaginative and prescient of a capital metropolis. The institution of the hydro-electricity technology station at Shivanasamudram, close to Mysore, in 1908, was solely the second such facility within the nation at the moment. It electrified the prosperity of the State and illuminated the Mysore metropolis and the Mysore Palace. Mysore metropolis adopted the perfect practices discovered within the  vital European cities.

Mysore had buildings and châteaus; fountains and circles; gardens with manicured pathways and roads; gateways and arches; and intricately designed road-side electrical lamp-posts and lakes. The residential areas had been effectively unfold out and supplied with obligatory amenities comparable to electrical energy, piped ingesting water, underground drainage and really responsive civic administration. Mysore additionally prided with a College, a Race Course, a big Zoo and a Museum.

This iconic metropolis was a picture of any European metropolis and  was the delight of the Mysore State. It turned a mannequin capital metropolis to be replicated by many different Princely States like Baroda, Jaipur and Indore. Subsequently, Mysore was  a metropolis planners’ dream.

Central Police Station constructing

Fountains, Orchards and Gardens

The grand Amba Vilas Palace was surrounded by orchards, gardens and parks. Two fountains — the Hardinge Circle Fountain and the Elgin Fountain  — on both sides of Chamaraja Circle on Albert Victor highway gave a superb expanse and elevation to the Mysore Palace. The Elgin Fountain was situated on the very spot of the current Okay.R. Circle and was part of giant backyard, pillared gateways on both facet and really imposing Lansdowne constructing as a backdrop.

Hardinge Circle had a giant round fountain the place the water springs rose in various heights in a number of circles, like right now’s  a lot touted ‘fashionable’ musical fountain of Brindavan Gardens. And through the evenings, the quick altering illuminated and vibrant lights of the fountain had been very mesmerising. Music bands carried out through the evenings at this fountain. Hardinge Circle had six entry roads and every such entry level was having well-designed, polished, colored and pillared gateways on both facet of the roads with elegant electrical lights, lamp shades on the high. Large bushes on the borders gave a inexperienced backdrop and enhanced the great thing about the fountain’s environs.

The Elgin Fountain

Simply behind the Mysore Zoo, a Thandi Sadak, a green-cave shaped by flowering creepers and the creeper buntings  between big bushes on Lalitha Mahal highway had been distinct options of inexperienced Mysore. The Palace itself was surrounded by orchards and gardens alongside the fort partitions.  Curzon Park and Kuppanna Park offered greenery and huge visage to all the environment going through the Amba Vilas Palace. The current KSRTC bus stand was an orchard with guava, chikkoo, mango and different fruit bushes.

Imposing Buildings, Gateways & Arches, Circles & Clock Towers

The  Amba Vilas Palace was surrounded by lovely buildings. On its Southern facet had been aesthetically designed Gun Home and two Palace Workplace Complexes. On its Western facet had been the Sanskrit School, the Metropolis Municipality constructing, Motikhana constructing  and Lansdowne constructing. There have been Fountains, Circles and Gateways of polished, colored, granite stone pillars with very ornamental lamps at a number of strategic junctions all around the Palace. The constructing housing the Palace Band and the Palace Motor Storage and the Chittaranjan Palace on the far finish of the Albert Victor Highway had been a part of the Amba Vilas Palace environment.

Rangacharlu Memorial City Corridor

The Rangacharlu Memorial City Corridor, amidst the huge open inexperienced area in entrance of this Palace itself, was surrounded by personal buildings of equally aesthetic structure like Cauveripattanam constructing and the C.P.C constructing. Not very far-off from the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower, there was Backyard Lodge, primarily visited by the overseas company.

The realm past Amba Vilas Palace was laid out with well-planned metalled roads, broad footpaths with tall bushes, aesthetically designed electrical lamp-posts and public buildings of immense architectural magnificence. Sayyaji Rao Highway and Irwin Highway obtained a lion’s share of such healthful creations. Devaraja Market advanced, Okay.R. Hospital and Cheluvamba Hospital buildings, Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Unani and Ayurveda Hospital and the Medical School constructing had been situated right here.

Wellington Lodge behind the Central Police Station on Irwin Highway is greater than 200 years outdated and was the residence of Arthur Wellesley between 1799 and 1801 after the autumn of Tipu Sultan. The neighbouring Authorities Visitor Home is yet one more iconic constructing of the town.

Central Put up Workplace constructing at Nehru Circle.

The Railway Station, Railway Places of work, Exhibition buildings,  Central Police Station constructing, Central Put up Workplace constructing, State Financial institution of India constructing  and the imposing Jama [Badi] Masjid, had been situated on the Irwin Highway. Many extra public buildings such because the Maharaja School, Oriental Analysis Institute, Attara Kacheri, Metropolis Courts, Vani Vilasa Market, Sports activities Membership, Race Course, had been individually designed. Lalitha Mahal Palace was the centre of lovely châteaus kind bungalows for the foreigners serving the royalty.

Christian Missionaries additionally had giant architecturally lovely buildings comparable to Victoria Ladies College constructing on the opposite facet of Sayyaji Rao Highway, two Bartholomew Church buildings and the Wesleyan Press on Bangalore-Nilgiri Highway. The Catholic Church had its iconic St. Philomena’s Church and really giant swathes of lands with Philomena’s  College, School, Bishop Home and so forth. Most of those buildings had been constructed with distinct architectural designs. Many of those buildings got here up at completely different occasions. And there have been many personal buildings within the metropolis centre — Dodda Pete, Sayyaji Rao Highway and the Irwin Highway — in-built symmetry with the grand public buildings giving the town centre a glance of dream metropolis.

St. Philomena’s Church

So as to add additional magnificence to a few of these buildings had been Dufferin Clock Tower, Silver Jubilee Clock Tower and massive clocks on the towers of some public buildings comparable to Vani Vilas Market, to behave because the time-keepers of the town.

Within the subsequent years these buildings have turn into the grand heritage of Mysore.

Silver Jubilee Clock Tower

Makkaji Chowk –  The Malgudi

Makkaji Chowk, an space between Sayyaji Rao Highway and Dodda Pete turned the business hub with outlets which catered to each want of the general public. Inns, cinema homes, colleges,  beedi outlets and snuff  outlets, watch outlets and the cycle outlets, fabric outlets and ready-made garment outlets, shoe outlets;  even arrack outlets had been there.  One obtained right here something and  all the pieces one would need.

Eradu Vare Aane  Galli, a small cleavage between Makkaji Chowk and Sayyaji Rao Highway was marketplace for the poor and the widespread man. Struggle-time buses dislodged its rural passengers right here. Magicians carried out their methods right here.  This was the Maya Bazar which spawned the concept of ‘Malgudi’ within the thoughts of R.Okay. Narayan.

Star of Mysore, the chronicler of Mysore metropolis, has recorded for posterity the magnificence of Makkaji Chowk, each as business and cultural centre in a serialised articles by this creator: 1. Makkaji Chowk that was in metropolis [Oct. 13, 2015]; 2. Makkaji Chowk: Its distinct position in modernisation of Mysore [Nov. 5, 2015]; 3. Makkaji Chowk: A singular mixture of conventional and fashionable companies [Dec. 20, 2015]; 4. Makkaji Chowk: Bombay Anand Bhavan – Dominating constructing with enchanting entrance [Jan. 31, 2016]; and  5.   Makkaji Chowk: Bombay Anand Bhavan – The place gastronomy & environs had been buyer centric [March 13, 2016].

Dufferin Clock Tower and Devaraja Market

CITB & Deliberate Residential Layouts

Metropolis Enchancment Belief Board [CITB] was established as early as 1904. It developed well-planned residential layouts in Lakshmipuram, Krishnamurthypuram, Chamundipuram, Saraswathipuram, Vani Vilas Puram, Yadavagiri, Mandi Mohalla, N.R. Mohalla and several other extra.  And within the post-independence interval Jayalakshmipuram, Gokulam I, II and III Levels; Brindavan and lots of extra had been developed. All these residential layouts had been supplied with underground sewage system, piped ingesting water provide, electrical provide traces, effectively laid out roads with correct shoulders and footpaths, road-side bushes; storm water drains and lots of different infrastructural amenities.

Okay.R. Hospital constructing

Responsive Municipal Administration

In the course of the reign of Wadiyars, the Municipal Administration was below the direct supervision of Dewans and within the later years Commissioners. Fairly early folks’s participation, first by the nominations and afterward by way of the elections was launched, making Municipal Administration very lively and alive to the folks’s wants.

Early within the mornings the primary roads had been cleaned and watered by water tankers; strong wastes had been systematically collected and shifted to far-off dumping yards to be transformed into fertilisers. Thus, Mysore was a metropolis with distinctive historical past and heritage.

Mysore Race Course with Chamundi Hill within the background.

Tipping Level

On the daybreak of Independence, the rule by the Royalty within the State was changed by a rule by the Republic. Consequently, Mysore misplaced its royal patronage. The brand new Authorities shifted the State capital from Mysore to Bangalore.  This transition introduced a metamorphic drift within the destiny of Mysore. Additional, the 1956 State Re-organisation not solely enlarged the State’s geographical boundaries, however it additionally totally modified its socio-political ethos.

Mysore was the darling of ‘outdated’ Mysore State. However for the folks and its representatives of ‘new’ Mysore State, it was Bangalore, the brand new seat of energy that mattered. And this transition was the tipping level within the historical past of iconic Mysore.



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