New Guidebook: Mysuru with Srirangapattana
Mysuru, formerly known as Mysore, has been home to the Wodeyar line of rulers from the 16th century. From the end of the 18th 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 off the Wodeyars, who continues to be worshipped. Half an hour away, on an island in the Kaveri River, are the remains of Srirangapattana, the fortified headquarters of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, who temporarily usurped the Mysore throne in the 18th century. With its wealth of military, royal, civic, and religious buildings, Mysore and Srirangapattana 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 Srirangapattana. The text, to be authored by specialist scholars and architectural conservationists, will be generously illustrated with splendid, newly commission photographs, maps, and plans. This will be the fourteenth guidebook in the DHF series. (For a list of these titles and how they may be purchased see https://www.deccanheritagefoundation.uk/publications/guidebooks)