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Brindavan Gardens, MysoreThe tranquil ornamented gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam and are a popular picnic spot illuminated in the evenings. The musical fountains and colourful lights turn this place into an enchanting fairyland in the evenings.

Mysore,or Mahishur as it was called then, traces its history back to the mythical past,when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century B.C. During the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the Zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendour.

This is India`s first irrigation dam, built in 1924. Sir. M. Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a dam site into a beautiful garden with colourful fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement in pre-independence India and was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing fountains. The fountains are made to jump and dance to the tune of music, using advanced lighting techniques. The dam is over 3 Kms long and is constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. This site has been popularised over the years by the large number of Indian and foreign films shot at this location. This dam has not only served as a model to several dams in India, but is also a testimony to prove the superiority of surkhi (a mixture of brick powder and lime) over cement, in dam construction.

The Gardens are a favourite location for the movie Moghuls. At 6.30 PM the garden lights up with fountains shining to different coloured lights. Adding to the charm the variety of flowerbeds glow in the light. This spectacular sight makes Brindavan gardens unique and it lasts till 8 PM every day (longer during week-ends). Every evening the gardens come alive in a burst of dazzling colours and illumination when twirling and dancing fountains lend an atmosphere of enchantment to this fairyland. Brindavan Gardens is a must for a tourist visiting Mysore.
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