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Once a haunt of kings, Durgayyana Kola in Mysuru set to get new lease of life

MYSURU: For years, Durgayyana Kola, a favourite hang-out of Maharaja Jayachamarajar Wadiyar, had became an ersatz dump yard, a function that the previous king do not have conceived for this pristine waterbody in his worst nightmares. The small pond, positioned subsequent to Saraswathipuram swimming pool, is all set to get a contemporary rent of life because the Mysuru City Corporation has started its renovation.
The historical pond used to be developed beside Kukkarahalli Lake, the place pristine water sprung from the ground like a Pushkarani. The pond had contemporary water for years and it also had a mantapa-like construction which attracted many guests. The pond had a different place in the mind of Maharaja Jayachamarajar Wadiya. Whenever the Maharaja wanted a haircut, he would visit the Kola and the hairdressers too would come there and give him a haircut. During such visits, other folks from Kukkarahalli, Saraswathipuram, Ok G Koppal and Paduvarhalli would acquire there to satisfy the Maharaja.

Veteran Kannada movie manufacturer Shankar Singh lived in Saraswathipuram and many acclaimed actors like KS Ashwath, Pandaribai, Narasimharaju, Mainavathi and Balakrishna would often visit the pond. They would come there in the evening to have a chat.

Speaking to TOI, conservationist and heritage committee member N S Rangaraju said Durgayyana Kola used to be a scenic spot on the Kukkarahalli road. The pond, once stuffed with water, also had a mantapa, the place movie stars would often spend their time. Later, the water in the Pushkarni dried up and other folks started dumping waste there, he said.

“We had to inform the Mysuru City Corporation or even during the heritage neighborhood meeting, the problem of reviving the lake used to be raised. Many requests adopted after which the municipal corporation stepped in and ensured that the historical pond is being restored. I'm elated about the pond’s restoration. Since my residence used to be close to the location, I had spent substantial time of my formative years at Durgayyana Kola,” Rangaraju added.

“We urge the MCC to build a footpath across the Kola and two or three benches as well. As there's a swimming pool within sight, the pond will have to be given some water as it will probably give a boost to its beauty. Along with Duragayyana Kola, a pond close to Teresian College and a historical mantapa subsequent to Doddakere Grounds will likely be renovated,” Rangaraju said.

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