The existence of the Majestic city has been associated with the Hindu legends found in the Devi Bhagavata. The story goes like this; Mysore was ruled by a demon called Mahishasura who was a monster with a head of a buffalo. To fight the demon, Goddess Parvathi, reincarnated as Chamundeshwari and killed the monster on top of the Chamundi Hill, which is near Mysore. The Goddess is worshipped with great devotion to this day and the 10 days long Dasara of Mysore takes place as a tribute to Chamundeshwari. It is a celebration of the triumph of the goddess over Mahishasura.
The history of Mysore dates back to the 10th century when the Ganga Dynasty ruled Mysore till 1004. After Gangas the Cholas ruled Mysore for over a century followed by Chalukyas. In the 12thcentury the Hoysalas ruled over Mysore and still remembered for building beautiful temples during their tenure. After the Hoysalas came the Vijayanagar Kings and then in 1399 A.D the Wodeyars from Gujarat’s Yadava community came to power. Yaduraya Wodeyar the founder of the Wodeyar dynasty ruled the area for around six centuries.
After the demise of Tipu Sultan in May 1799, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III declared Mysore as the capital city. During the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, Mysore developed into a splendid city with excellent planning, wide roads, superlative edifice, and elegant parks. In present times tour to Mysore has become quite prevalent as the modern city has managed to preserve its picturesque location and historic beauty.