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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...their family god at Yadugiri or Melukote, became the founders of the Mysore house, are said to have been attracted by the beauty of the country to settle in the town of Mahishiir. But at the beginning of the 16th century its site was occupied by a village named Puragere. At this time the dominions of the Raja of Vijayanagar, the ancient city on the banks of the Tungabhadra, extended really or nominally over nearly the whole of South India. The tradition regarding the origin of the present Mysore dynasty, which savours of the age of knight-errantry, is given under Hadinaru. The first of the line took the title of Wodeyar, and his successors gradually extended their little dominions until one of them named Bettada Chama Raja divided his country between his three sons.1 To Chama Raja, surnamed B6l or the bald, he gave Puragere. Here a fort was either constructed or repaired in the year 1524, to which, from Mahishasura or the buffalo-headed monster whose overthrow was the most noted exploit of Kali or Chamundi, the name of Mahishur (buffalo town), or in its Anglicised form Mysore, was again given. Fort after fort was subdued, and the limits of the country followed the progress of invading armies to the south. But till the beginning of the i 7th century each successive Wodeyar or Arasu paid tribute to the viceroy of Seringapatam, who derived his power from the Raja of Vijayanagar; and an old manuscript affords a curious picture of the simplicity of the age and the poverty of the Mysore Arasu, who is stated to have been obliged to live on ragi until a grant of wet land on the Kdveri from the viceroy at Seringapatam enabled him to procure rice for his table. But in proportion as the power of the viceroys became more and more effete, that of the...
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