Mysuru with Srirangapattana | Forthcoming

Mysuru, formerly known as Mysore, has been home to the Wodeyar line of rulers from the sixteenth century. From the end of the eighteenth century, the Wodeyar kings and queens embellished Mysuru with palaces, colleges, hospitals, markets, court houses and temples. On the outskirts of the city is the hill shrine of Chamundi, protective goddess of the Wodeyars, who continues to be worshipped. Half an hour away, on an island in the Kaveri River, are the remains of Srirangapatna, the fortified headquarters of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, who temporarily usurped the Mysore throne in the eighteenth century.

With its wealth of military, royal, civic, and religious buildings, Mysore and Srirangapatna attract huge numbers of daily visitors. Up to now, no professional guidebook has been available to assist them in their tour. The proposed DHF publication will be the first to provide the historical background to what they will see, and to describe the fabulous palace of the Wodeyars in the middle of Mysuru, the shrine of Chamundi, and the monuments at Srirangapatna. The text, to be authored by specialist scholars and architectural conservationists, will be generously illustrated with splendid, newly commissioned photographs, maps, and plans. This will be the fourteenth guidebook in the DHF series.