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Situated at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the most famous tourist attraction of not just Karnataka, but entire India. Previously, the state of Karnataka was called Mysore and this area was the capital of the state. Even after that changed, Mysore, also known as ‘The Palace City’, remains to be the tourist capital of the state, as well as the country. Attractions in Mysore are so many and so varied, they attract tourists from worldwide. The world famous “Mysuru Dusshera” is unparalleled by any festival celebrations in the world. The New York Times recently listed Mysore as one of the 31 must-see places on Earth for two consecutive years.

Places of Worship in Mysore

The Chamundi Hills

Located at a height of 1000 metres, the Chamundi hill is a major attraction of Mysore. Alongside housing an infamous temple and commercial street atop, the hills provides a panoramic view of the entire city of Mysore, including most of its other attractions. The view of the town is exceptionally beautiful during Dusshera, when the entire city seems illuminated.

St. Philomena’s Church

Influenced by the architectural style of Germany, this church was built in 1956 in Neo Gothic style. The foundation for this church which was built in the memory of St. Philomena, was laid in 1933 by the then Maharaja of Mysore. The historic relic of St. Philomena is preserved in this church.

St. Bartholomew’s Church

This church has a political history besides religious. The St. Bartholomew’s church was built on the land donated by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. The church was constructed by civilians and militarymen in 1832. It was affiliated to Anglican denomination, before being passed on to the Madras government.

The Infant Jesus Shrine

This is the most architecturally and artistically magnificent church in Mysore. The Infant Jesus Shrine is located 5 kilometres away from the Mysore palace, in Naidu Nagar. The church has a life size statue of infant Jesus at the gate itself, and a number of carving on the three teakwood doors. The altar and stained glass windows add to the aesthetic appeal of the place.

Photography: [Dobi: #1] [Vikas Rana: #1]

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