Speciality of Mysuru

Mysuru Dasara
Mysore Dasara is the Nada habba or state festival of Karnataka. Often called Navaratri, it is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami. The festival is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October. According to a legend, Vijayadashami denotes the victory of truth over evil. For, it was the day the Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.
Mysore Dasara
Mysuru Masala Dosa
A masala dosa is made by stuffing a dosa with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices. The dosa is wrapped around an onion and potato curry. This came to be known as masala dosa, from the sautéeing of spices (masala) during the preparation of the potato palya. It is cited amongst the Top Ten Tasty Foods of the World (2012) and is also listed as number 39 on World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods in 2011.
Mysore Masala Dosa
Mysuru Jasmine (Mysore Mallige)
Mysuru Mallige (Botanical name: Jasminum grandiflorum L.) of the Oleaceae family is the most popular among the three varieties of Jasmine endemic to Karnataka; the other two varieties being the Hadagali Mallige (Jasminum auriculatum Vahl) and Udupi Mallige (Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton). Famed worldwide for their fragrance, all the three flower varieties have been patented and registered under Intellectual Property Right.

Mysuru Mallige derives its name since it is grown mostly around Mysuru city and partly in Srirangapatna taluk in Mandya district in Karnataka state. The Jasmine’s association with the city of Mysore, the royal city of palaces, started with its patronization by the Wadiyars of Mysore, due to its fragrance. Mallige grows in profusion in the open areas either in exclusive farmland, in front or at the backyard of houses.

Mysuru Mallige, mostly grown in and around Mysuru city is a viable crop for small farmers. Farmers reap two crops of this seasonal flower. Apart from the local market, the flower is in demand in parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Mysore Jasmine
Silk Sarees
The booming silk industry in Mysore speaks volumes for the art of rearing silkworms and producing silk in the region. The golden Zari border beautifying the graceful silk sarees are a mandatory add-on to your wardrobe.
Mysore Silk
Sandalwood Products
It feels heavenly when the aroma of sandalwood reaches your nostrils. Mysore offers a wide range of sandalwood products that would fill your heart and home with their musky smell. The connection between sandalwood products and the city can be traced to the golden era of Wodeyar kingdom. The Government Sandalwood Oil Factory was set up in the year 1916 by the King of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar along with Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The aim of this establishment was to utilize resources and produce the purest form of Sandalwood oil. Located at 2 kilometres away from the royal palace, the factory welcomes visitors for guided tours where they can see the different stages of the production of sandalwood oil. It is the best place that sells authentic sandalwood soaps, incense sticks, powder and oil.
Mysore Sandalwood Products
Mysuru Pak
For the truest love of sweets, indulging yourself in Mysore Pak, the legendary sweet from Mysore should be on your to-shop list. The origin of the sweet goes back to almost 70 years back when the king of Mysuru requested a certain cook to produce a unique sweet that would bear the name of the city. The cooks were referred to as, 'Nalapaka' the person who prepares sugar syrup or 'paka'. He made a rich satisfying delicacy with the goodness of flour, sugar and butter, naming it as Mysore Pak.
Mysore Pak
Mysore Painting
The city is influenced by different art and crafts which is showcased in the artefacts that one can get here. The traditional art of Mysore paintings date back to the Ajanta era in the seventh century B.C. While you are on a shopping spree in Mysore, do not forget to pick some paintings depicting mythological characters and events with intense detailing.
Mysore Paintings
Mysore Agarbathi
Mysuru is a land of million aromas. The aroma of incense sticks or agarbathis is one that has both religious as well as aesthetic appeal. Apart from the incense sticks, many variants such as dhoopas etc. are also made in Mysuru. The hand rolled incense sticks provide employment to numerous people as it is a labour intensive industry. The huge base of workers in Mysuru and surrounding areas provides the right atmosphere for such an industry. The variety provided by these incense sticks is diverse.
Mysore Agarbathi
Mysore Betel Leaf
About half-a-century ago, cultivation of these small green leaves were spread over at least 100 acres, from Poorniah Choultry in Old Agrahara to Vidyaranyapuram junction that connects Mysore-Nanjangud Road. It was also cultivated in neighbouring areas spread over some 500 acres. Mysuru ‘Chigurele’ was preferred the most, as they have an unparalleled taste. Probably the unique climate and soil in this stretch gave the leaves a unique taste that earned it the name ‘Mysuru Chigurele.’ But, with ‘Paan’ gradually dominating the market, chewing betel leaves is becoming a thing of the past, limiting it to just religious ceremonies.
Mysore Betal Leaf
Mysore Ganjifa Cards
This is a miniature painting from the Mysore school. This playing card is painted with superfine brush using natural colours and gold. This is executed in different shapes of ivory-board or sandal-wood sheets. Originally, this 1000 year old playing card from India was known in Sanskrit as “Kreeda Patra.” During the Moghul rule the indoor game became a royal pastime. Currently, only a few artists are pursuing this style.
Mysore Ganjifa Cards
Mysore Peta
Mysuru has its own speciality – the Mysuru Peta. It’s a traditional indigenous attire worn by the erstwhile Kings of Mysore. Kings wore a richly bejewelled turban made of silk and jari (gold threaded lace) to match with colorful dresses as part of the royal attire. Kings wore the traditional Mysuru Peta as a headgear during the Durbar.
The attractive and colourful turban is a headdress made up of a long scarf–like single piece cloth, made of silk or cotton, wound around the head cap and is often decorated with golden or silver laces and beautiful metal pendants that add to its glory and grandeur.
Distinguished people are honoured by the award of a Mysore Peta in formal functions.
Mysore Peta