History & Heritage of Mysore

Mysuru or Mysore, is located at the foot hills of Chamundi hills and is about 145 km from Bengaluru, served as the Capital City of the kingdom of Mysuru for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wodeyar Dynasty. The Mysore Kingdom, governed by the Wodeyar family, initially served as a vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire. With the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire after the Battle of Talikota in 1565, the Mysore Kingdom gradually achieved independence, and by the time of King Narasaraja Wodeyar (1637) it had become a sovereign state. Seringapatam (modern-day Srirangapatna), near Mysore, was the capital of the kingdom from 1610.The 17th century saw a steady expansion of its territory and, under Narasaraja Wodeyar I and Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, the kingdom annexed large expanses of what is now southern Karnataka and parts of Tamil Nadu, to become a powerful state in the southern Deccan.

The Wodeyars were patrons of art and culture and contributed significantly to the cultural and economic growth of the city and the state. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural capital of karnataka.  

Popular Monuments

Mysore is know as the cultural capital and also the city of many well respected educational and research institutes. The most popular and prominent of the monuments of Mysore are

  • The Mysore Palace
  • Chamundi Hills – Chamundi Temple
  • Lalitha Mahal Palace
  • Oriental Library (must visit for philosophy students)
  • KRS Dam and gardens
  • Regional museum of Natural history
  • Folk lore museum
  • Railway museum

Yoga in Mysuru

Yoga has been popular since the days of the Maharajas. Krishna Dev Raja Wodeyar patronised Yoga and open a Yoga shaala within the Palace premises for all the royals and commoners alike.

Sri. T Krishmanacharya was appointed the first head of the Yoga shaala and it is under his guidance that the shaala grew in popularity and later the city of Mysore came to be know as the Yoga city amongst other popular titles for the city.
On the left you can see International Day of Yoga being celebrated at the Palace premises which saw the involvement of all kinds of people from all walks of life in Mysuru.

Airport

Mysore Airport is a domestic airport and is located about 10 kilometers south of the centre of the city. It was built by the kings of Mysuru in early 1940s.

As of January 2019, the nearest and most popular International airport is Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, which lies about 140 kilometres away from Mysuru city.

Bangalore to Mysore

Once you arrive at Kempe Gowda International Airport, Bengaluru, You can take a Bus that connects you to Mysore Directly. Fly bus is a fantastic service to avail a safe and economical option to reach Mysuru. You will be able to buy the tickets at the Bus counter right outside of the departure gate. These buses are comfortable for you to catch up on a 3 hours sleep before you reach Mysuru, if you haven’t had any on your flight.

 

Rikhshaw

Easiest way to go around Mysuru is the local bus or the Indian rickshaws, popularly called “Autos” simple hail an auto or access them through your Uber or Ola – ride booking apps.

The prices are very reasonable and rides are bumps – serves the purpose of short trips.   Once you get to the Shaala, You can get a lot more info and access to a lot other convenient modes of transport.

Renting a Bike in Mysuru

Trin Trin

A public bicycle sharing system, Trin-Trin, funded partially by the United Nations is popular mode of transport. It is a government project. The key objective of TrinTrin is to encourage local commuters, as well as visitors, to use the bicycle in preference to motorized modes of travel and thereby help scale down the multifarious environmental and road-traffic hazards, enhance conveyance convenience, and make local daily commutes economical for the common citizen

Accommodation & Food

The shaala has very good accommodation on the college property. The shaala is also surrounded by many good accommodation available at homes and independent apartments. The prices are reasonable and vary between 10k-20k INR per month. It is best to write to us to choose what is best during your stay at Mysore.

The shaala shall provide, yoga prescribed, breakfast and lunch during all course days. Please buy your food coupons soon after completing all registration formalimiites at the Shaala office.

You can find the famous Coconut vendors at most street corners – the best after drink after your morning practice or in the hot afternoon breaks.

For Dinner one could find numerous good restaurants especially welcoming yogis like you. Gokulam is filled with all kinds of food option.

Safety -Do and Dont's

Mysore is a major tourist destination in its own right and serves as a base for other tourist attractions in the vicinity.The city receives a large number of tourists at any given time around the year and especially during the Dasara period – October November – The city is largely safe and people are very friendly and would not interfere your stay here.

It is always best to follow some safety tips

  • Keep you passport and valuable cards with you in an inner secret pocket
  • Do not travel late in the night – anyway you are a yogi need to wake up early
  • Eat at recommended healthy places only – or at the yoga shaala
  • DO not entertain an strangers who might approach you for house / bike renting
  • The shaala office is more than happy to help you with any info assistance you need