|The Wodeyars of Mysore |
1578 A.D. to 1947 A.D.
Mysore became independent after
the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire (1565 A.D.) and remained so till the independence of
(rest of) India in 1947. For a period Hyder Ali usurped the kingdom and after his and his
son Tippu Sultan's rule, the kingdom was returned to the Wodeyars (a.k.a.
Wadiyars and Odeyars) by the British in 1799.
Wodeyars contributed a great deal towards arts and culture. Palaces, temples, the Mysore
school of traditional painting, women's schools and colleges and music maestros bear
witness to the liberal grants and patronage of Mysore kings. Mysore was the only highly
industrialized and progressive native state in India in steel, silk, soaps and
hydro-electricity. The kingdom was benefited from visionaries like Sir Mirza Ismail and
Sir M.Vishweshwariah who served under the Wodeyars.
Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar
Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar
The Wodeyars (aka Wadiyars) of Mysore