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Heritage structures Devaraja Market, Lansdowne Building to go down in history

Mysuru, September 15:- The heritage buildings of the city, which have rightly earned the heritage city tag for Mysuru will go down in history. The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) at its council meeting has decided to bring down two heritage structures which are more than a century-old.

devaraja-marketDevaraja Market constructed by Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and Lansdowne Building will be brought down soon. The MCC has developed a detailed project report of Rs 120 crore for the new buildings and is awaiting approval from the government. The buildings will be demolished once the Dasara festivities conclude.

Meanwhile, there is resentment among a section of old Mysureans who oppose the demolition of heritage buildings in the city.

The place were people lived in this part of Mysore was called Devaraja Mohalla, named after one of the two successive maharajas who shared the same name (Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar, 1659-1673 or Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, 1673-1704).

There was a small weekly market at the corner of Devaraja Mohalla (village). Later during the regime of  Chamaraja Wodeyar IX (1868 – 1894) this weekly market was expanded into the present form. The market retained the name that is associated with the village.

Lansdowne Building, constructed in 1892, is a landmark structure in the heart of the city. It was built in honour of Lord Lansdowne, 5th Marquiss of Great Britain, when he visited Mysore as the Governor-General of India that year. He was an highly intelligent and able administrator, Lord Lansdowne brought about several changes and reforms during his tenure as Viceroy and Governor-General of India.

-(NGB, KS)

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