|Quiet and unassuming – yet a delightful tourist attraction – Mysore is growing in ways probably unforeseen. Radha Prathi finds out what the residents of Mysore think of the real estate reverberations of the State capital, spilling over to their domain for respite from the exodus|
|If one were to fly fairly low over Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka, one cannot miss the fact that the city lies at the foothills of a low chain of hills now known as the Chamundi hills. Mysore has a very hoary and fascinating past rooted in mythology. It is believed that a bison-demon king called Mahishasura ruled over this territory during primeval times, which was then known as ‘Mahishasurana ooru’. His demonic ways troubled his people no end till such time when they were redeemed from his evil clutches by goddess Chamundeshwari who killed him in a fierce battle. The local populace commemorated this victory by building a temple for the goddess on one of the hills, which has an uncanny resemblance to a sulking Mahishasura! They also commenced the practice of celebrating the ten day-Dussehra festival in honour of the goddess, which continues till date! ‘Mahishaurana ooru’ gradually lapsed into ‘Mahishooru’ and later on became ‘Mysooru’, the anglicised form of which, has come to be known as Mysore as it is globally known today.
The proud individual house owners of Mysore took pride in the spacious single homes they lived in with spacious gardens and backyards with all the modern amenities of electricity, running water, and a good sanitation system. Kuvempu Nagar, Gokulam, Siddharthanagar, Saraswathipuram Srinagara, Agrahara, etc, were the happening places with the right mixture of residential and commercial areas right until the late nineties.
Moving with the times
Though native Mysoreans do not quite approve of the changing property scene, they also unanimously agree that their properties have never been valued so highly in the past. They cannot think of living in a flat after having spent a lifetime in a private space of their own. Most native Mysoreans are buying land in the fringes of the city and are endeavouring to put back the charm of old Mysore into the new area.
Full marks all the way
Shridharachar, a senior advocate, remarked that the demand for land in Mysore and its suburbs can be gauged as acres of agricultural land in the neighbouring areas like T Narsipur, Bennur and Nanjangud, that are being sold everyday for the purpose of industries and educational institutions.
All said and done, while property sale in Mysore is going on in full swing, change is imperative and perhaps the call of the day — but if Mysoreans remember the wise words of Victor Hugo, the French poet who said, “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots” — perhaps Mysore will bounce back with a fresh veneer.