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Mysore

Administration
Native ameMysooru (ಮೈಸೂರು)
Other nameMysore
TypeCity of Palaces
StateKarnataka
DistrictMysore District
Government
MayorPushpalatha Chikkanna
Geography
Total Area49.6 sq mi (128.42 km2)
Altitude763 m
Demography
Total Population799228 (2001)
Density (pop.)6223.55/km2 (16119/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode570 0xx
Telephone91-(0)821
VehicleKA-09, KA-55

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Mysore (pronounced -enˈmaɪsɔərMysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division and lies about 146 km (90.7 mi) southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishūru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for Mahishasura, a demon from Hindu mythology. Mysore has its mention in the Mahabharata as Mahishaka Kingdom in ancient India. The city is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (49.6 sqmi) and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills.

Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore mallige, the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the garment called the Mysore silk saree. In an exercise carried out by the Urban Development Ministry under the national urban sanitation policy, Mysore was rated the second cleanest city in India in 2010 and the cleanest in Karnataka.


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