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Mysuru Srirangapatna

Release date: 17 January 2024
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The royal city of Mysuru (Mysore) and the massive fort of Srirangapatna on a nearby island in the... Read More

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The royal city of Mysuru (Mysore) and the massive fort of Srirangapatna on a nearby island in the Kaveri River preserve an amazingly diverse architecture. This built legacy spans the 17th to 20th centuries, an era marked by the supremacy of the Wadiyar Maharajas of Mysuru, except for a short period towards the end of the 18th century when their authority was taken over by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan. Restored to the Mysuru throne by the English after the 1799 “Siege of Seringapatam”, the Wadiyars emerge as enthusiastic patrons of architecture and painting.

Visitors to Mysuru and Srirangapatna have much to see, beginning with the Mysore Palace with its splendid audience halls, and the art collection in the Jaganmohan Palace. Those with more time and interest can tour the city’s other palaces, royal temples, civic monuments, and markets. An excursion to the shrine dedicated to Chamundeshvari on the hill above Mysuru is a must, as is a visit to the Brindavan Gardens on the city’s outskirts. At Srirangapatna they can pay their respects to Ranganathaswamy, the god who gives his name to the island, and explore the ramparts, gateways, dungeons, and armouries built by Haidar Ali and Tipu. Here, too, they can admire Tipu’s imposing congregational mosque, his summer palace with its historical murals, and the domed tomb where Tipu and his parents are buried. As for the English who vanquished Tipu, they are represented by churches, memorials, and cemeteries. All these buildings and monuments are described in this illustrated guidebook by a team of specialist historians and architectural conservationists who provide essential information that will prove invaluable to interested visitors, as well as scholars and students.

Product Details

Title: Mysuru Srirangapatna
Author: George Michell
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
SKU: BK0487112
EAN: 9788119792986
Number Of Pages: 144
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 17 January 2024

About Author

GEORGE MICHELL is an architectural historian specialising in the Hindu, Mughal, and Sultanate traditions of India. Together with John M. Fritz, he conducted an exhaustive archaeological survey of Hampi Vijayanagara. Their jointly authored guidebook to the site was first available in 2003 and is still in print. His most recent publication is Temples of Deccan India, Hindu and Jain, 7th to 13th Centuries with photographs by Surendra Kumar (2021). MALAVIKA MURTHY has a master’s degree in Heritage Management and Consultancy from the University of Exeter. Her passion of architecture stemmed from the beautiful city of Mysuru where she is now working as a conservation architect. CALEB SIMMONS is Executive Director of Online Education, Professor of Religious Studies, and Faculty Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His research focuses on South Asian History and the culture of Mysuru. His most recent publications are Devotional Sovereignty: Kingship and Religion in India (2020), and Singing the Goddess into Place: Locality, Myth and Social Change in Chamundi on the Hill, A Kannada Folk Ballad (2022). SHIVENDRA URS is a Gold Medalist in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Mysore. He has worked for the Times of India and has actively pursued his passion for writing about heritage in distress in and around Mysuru. He has worked as a Digital Communications Consultant and Digital Content Specialist. SURENDRA KUMAR is a photographer specialising in topographic views and architectural documentation. His images have appeared in many Deccan Heritage Foundation guidebooks, most recently in The Hoysala Legacy: Belur, Halebidu, Somanathapura (2019), and Jaina Tradition of the Deccan: Shravanabelagola, Mudabidri, Karkala (2021).

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