MYSORE: For a city that is replete with public circles, the recent assurance by the Mayor that they will be made to look better and more picturesque, will offer the heritage of the city a much-needed boost.
A relic of a bygone era characterised by the presence of the British and the Maharajas, a majority of these circles are adorned by heritage structures reflecting the architectural ethos of the age in which they were built.
And what is more, three of them — K.R. Circle, Chamaraja Circle and the Hardinge Circle — constitute public squares with access to the city market that is the epicentre of activity in Mysore. The Chamaraja Circle for instance, is dotted with the palace on one side and the imposing Town Hall building on the other, with a vast vacant area that serves as lung space, while facilitating free movement of vehicles. The K.R. Circle on the other hand epitomises the present Mysore with all its chaos and hustle-bustle, characterised by impatient motorists keen to move ahead, perhaps reflective of the signs of the new age. The Hardinge Circle also known as “Aar Gate” serves as an entry point to the Palace, exhibition grounds, the Chamundi Hills and the zoo.