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Karnataka Elections: Krishnaraja Assembly Constituency

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    Krishnaraja constituency is part of Mysore district. Mysore district has 11 assembly constituencies and Krishnaraja is one among them. Mysore corporation ward numbers 1 to 18, 20, 62 and 63 falls under this constituency.

    Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the second most populous and the third largest city after Bangalore and Hubli-Dharwad in the state. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km southwest of the state capital Bengaluru.

    Karnataka Elections: Krishnaraja Assembly Constituency

    Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty, with a brief period of interregnum in the 1860s and 70s when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city and the state. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

    Referred to as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara, the state festival of Karnataka. The Dasara festivities, which are celebrated over a ten-day period, were first introduced by King Raja Wodeyar I in 1610.

    On the ninth day of Dasara, called Mahanavami, the royal sword is worshipped and is taken on a procession of decorated elephants, camels and horses.

    On the tenth day, called Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore which usually falls in the month of September or October.. the Idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden mantapa on the back of a decorated elephant and taken on a procession, accompanied by tabla, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels.

    MK Somashekar from the Congress is the current MLA and he defeated former BJP minister A. Ramdas.

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