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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Brindavan Gardens-the charm still persists

One of the prime attraction of mysore or mysooru is Brindavan Gardens or simply KRS. The distinction being Brindavan gardens uses the water from the KRS reservoir to supply water to the various fountains.

Although it is ok to visit it in the morning, to watch the musical fountain in action, one has to go during the evening. This picture shows one of the smaller fountains at Brindavan gardens.

Brindavan gardens can be reached by road. Now they have closed the older opening that began at the Dam ad made a huge parking lot to cater to the huge hoards of people that are visiting KRS. Even after so many years, still the charm of Brindavan gardens seems to persist.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Kukaralli lake-garbage bib overflow

The garbage bin is overflowing on the lake bank. The garbage has collected outside the garbage bin.

It would be better if the garbage clearance rate is increased. The construction of the bin the overhead roofing, seems rather peculiar and may also be the reason for the accumulation of garbage outside the garbage bin.

The Kuralli lake which is home to many species of birds needs to be preserved and maintained clean. It is these few open spaces in the city that will provide clean air for generations to come.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Temple reassembled near KRS Dam

The temple that had been submerged in the Krishna Raja Sagara Reservoir has been reassembled on the shore. The parts of the temple were numbered and photographed before being removed part by part. Using heavy machinery these parts were moved to the shore when the reservoir was empty.

The stone was cleaned and polished before assembling it into the temple. However, many new parts had to be added to replace the won out pieces. It was like putting back the pieces of a jig-saw puzzle.

The temple is now nearly complete. The temple can be reached by passing through the village. The temple has been reconstructed on a peninsula. The god or goddess is yet to be placed within the temple.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Kaveri in full flow at KRS

The river caveri is flowing at full blow. The dam has filled up and the water has been let out. The increasing accumulation of the silt in the dam has decreased its capacity. The sand brought to the dam by the river is trapped by the dam and fills up the dam.
caveri kaveri riverThe dam is known as KRS dam.Krishna Raja Sagar dam was built by Vishwevshvarai when he was the dewan of mysore. The dam has stood the rigors of time till now.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Gopalaswamy betta at noon

We talked about Goplaswamy betta earlier. See the immense amount of fog covering the mountain at noon. The visibility does not get any better than that.
noon at gopalaswamy bettaThe temple has a krishna playing on the flute. The temple which is supposed to be 700 years old was built during the rule of the chola dynasty. The region has 25 tirtas known as chakra titrta. And the specialty of the place is that it does not have any crows. The locals have some religious reasoning for the same. I wonder if it has anything to do with the furious winds and fog.

And by the way the temple does not open until 11 am. Make sure you take a vehicle that can climb the steep roads. The entrance to the road is controlled as the area is preserved under the project tiger initiative. But anybody can visit the temple as long as they don't wander of into the forest.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Traditional art at jagan mohana palace

This piece of art can be seen outside the Jagan Mohana palace in mysore. The new mysoru that is coming has a lot of art to offer to the world.

traditional art mysoreThe statue of goddess Saraswati playing the Veena is depicted in this statue. The goddess is the goddess of education and learning.

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Lansdowne market

The Lansdowne market is a landmark structure. It is one of the reasons for the popularity of the mysore market. It was under some controversy, with different people being blamed for the situation. The building which is situated exactly opposite to the city bus stand houses a large number of shops.

lansdowne market lands downThe pathetic situation of the side wall with movie posters all over it is indeed a disgrace. Forget about the posters, grass is growing on the first floor balcony, as can be seen in this picture. It is high time we had a regular inspection and maintenance schedule for all these buildings.

The "lansdowne" building has become "Lands down" by repeated colloquial use. It is similar to the five light circle becoming pilot circle!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mysore City corporation-MCC

The Mysore city corporation reflects the architecture of the palace. The Mysore city corporation is situated opposite to the Amba vilas palace beside the Banumai High school. Mysore city corporation
This is the place you goto if you need a trade license, birth certificate,death certificate, house tax, approval of house plan before construction etc.. The assembly of the members of the corporation also takes place at the mysore city corporation.

For paying the money at the corporation you have to pay the money at the bank counter in room number 6. It opens at 11.00 hrs. Apart from that it is rather easy to get the work done with a liberal valet. The latest initiative of the corporation is harvesting. It will help overcome the water scarcity problem of the state.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Jagan Mohan palace mysore

The Jagan mohan palace was built as the construction of the main palace was not yet complete after the old palace burnt down.palace jagan mohan mysore
After independence the government took over the maintenance of the palace. The palace is used as a art gallery and auditorium. Photography is strictly prohibited within the art gallery, but it has paintings from diferent periods from the history of mysore.

It is being preserved as a heritage building.It was built in 1861 by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the building is predominantly Hindu style. The building is maintained by the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) in its "Maintain cleanliness, preserve Heritage" initiative.
mysore palace jaganmohan

The huge pavilion at the front (seen in the photograph)has been used for holding meetings of the representative assembly and convocations of university of Mysore. The installation of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV took place in this pavilion in 1902, attended by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy and governor general of India. The Royal family lived in this palace till the construction of the new Amba Vilas mysore palace in 1912.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Paying MESCOM bill made easy

The MESCOM bill can be paid easily by the new ATP machine. The bills can be paid either with cash or with a check. The machine will make the process easy. The bills can also be paid at any time.

The method to pay the bill can be read in the picture below. You can take a look at an enlarged view of it by clicking on the image.
MESCOM bill payment
As the process becomes automated, some problems are being encountered.The main problem is that the ATP is not able to suck in the money easily. The currency notes have to be new and crisp. If the notes are old and folded it does not accept such notes.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Road construction continues

As the construction of the road continues, the vehicles are put into many problems. This lorry is trapped in a patch of mud after rains. And the interest of the people is trapped in it too. lory trappedAs the road construction work continues heavy machinery is at work..

road construction