Mysuru Dasara

As the cultural center of Karnataka, the Mysuru Dasara procession is a major tourist attraction. In fact, the city becomes a cultural focal point, as the 10-day festival brings the best of the state’s performers in one city. It reminds me of the Kala Ghoda Festival from back home in Bombay. Apart from the Golu…


Mahishasura is a combination of mahisha or a buffalo and asura or demon. Mahishasura was partly-immortal; no man could kill him. Mahishasura beat the god in a battle between Asuras and Devas, when the gods were led by Indra. Dejected, the Devas then combined divine energies bring goddess Durga to life. Riding a lion she…

Divine Gothic Art

One of my favorite places to visit in Mysore is the Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena. Built in 1936, the building has a Neo Gothic architecture and draws inspiration from the German Cologne Cathedral . This structure is also known as one of the tallest churches in Asia.

Immortally & Ornately Blessed

Having friends who are proud of their birth land is a blessing for wanderers. This is what the inside dome of Somnathpur  in Mysore looks like. The last major temple of Hoysala dynasty,  it was constructed in 1268 A.D. in the reign of King Narsimha III by his army general Somnatha. Hence, this Kesava temple…

Palace Of Dreams

The Mysore palace is the main attraction in the rather quiet city of Karnataka. The princely state is named after the Demon King Mahishasur, who was killed by Chamundeshwari Devi. You can read a brief history of Mysore here. Until then, enjoy a few of my clicks with special effects.