Named after the mythical Mahisuru, where the goddess Chamundi slew the demon Mahishasura, Mysore is is known for silk and incense. The highlight of Mysore is the Maharaja’s Palace, the present one being completed in 1912 after the original palace burnt down in 1897. Stained glass, beautifully carved wooden doors and wild colours make the interior quite stunning. Within the grounds are Hindu temples, one of which has its own gopuram. The main rooms of the palace are open to the public but be aware that cameras cannot be taken into any buildings – photographs can only be taken from the outside of the buildings.
Chamundi Hill overlooks Mysore and situated on its summit is the Sri Chamundeswari Temple with its 7 storey gopuram. From the Temple, there are the 1000 steps that pilgrims are meant to climb to the top. Just over half way to the top is the Nandi statue, which was carved out of solid rock in 1659 and it is visited by huge numbers of pilgrims every year.
Also worth a visit is the Devaraja Fruit and Vegetable market, a colourful hive of activity which sets up just after sunrise. The Folklore Museum has Karnatakan carvings, masks and shadow puppets.
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