Once the capital of Wodeyars, this enchanting city still retains its old world charm, that never fails to bewitch.
The importance of the festival in the cultural psyche of the people of the State could be gauged by the fact that both Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan allowed its continuance, even during the Interregnum period when they usurped Mysore from the Wodeyars. The titular Wodeyar was permitted to carry out the rituals in a low-key fashion.Vikram Sampath, in When all of Mysore is aglow
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