Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar-IV who was instrumental in construction of Mysuru Palace.
Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV , whom Mahatma Gandhi referred to as a 'Rajarishi' or 'saintly king', was responsible for making Mysore a model, modern State. So well-recognised was his administration of the state that Princes from other parts of India were sent to Mysore for their training. He ruled over the state for 39 years which were often described as the ‘Golden age of Mysore’.
A number of educational institutions were set up under his guidance many of which are renowned even today. The Sanskrit college in Mysore was personally funded by the Maharaja. He also gifted Sir CV Raman 10 acres of land to set up his science institution.
His Remarkable Achievements:
Hydroelectric power project at Shivanasamudra – In 1902, Mysore became the first state to produce hydroelectric power not only in India but in all Asia.
Minto Eye Hospital – This is the world’s oldest eye hospital. It was established during the Maharaja’s reign in 1913.
Women’s Right to Vote – Long before women in America and other parts of the world were allowed to vote, they were given the right to do so in Mysore.
Vani Vilas Sagar Dam in Chitradurga – The dam was constructed in 1907 was the first dam in Karnataka.
The Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore – In 1911, 371 acres of land and funds were gifted to the Indian Institute of Science to begin running functionally.
KRS Dam – This dam was crucial to irrigation in Mysore and was built in 1924 after the Maharaja pledged family assets to the project. At the time, it was Asia’s largest dam.
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