Mysore State
State of India
Coat of arms of Mysore State then now Karnataka state
Coat of arms
Mysore in India (1951).svg

Mysore State, 1951
Karnataka in India (claims hatched).svg

Mysore state, 1956
• Accession of the Kingdom of Mysore to the Indian Union
9 August 1947
• Renamed Karnataka State
1 November 1973
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kingdom of Mysore
Today part of India

Mysore State, colloquially Old Mysore, was a state within the Dominion of India and the later Republic of India from 1947 until 1956. The state was formed by renaming the Kingdom of Mysore,[1] and Bangalore replaced Mysore as the state's capital. When Parliament passed the States Reorganisation Act in 1956, Mysore State was considerably enlarged when it became a linguistically homogeneous Kannada-speaking state[2] within the Republic of India by incorporating territories from Andhra State, Bombay State, Coorg State, Hyderabad State, and Madras State, as well as other petty fiefdoms. It was subsequently renamed Karnataka in 1973.


The Kingdom of Mysore was one of the three largest princely states in British India. Upon India's independence from Britain in 1947, Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar signed the instrument of accession, incorporating his realm with the Union of India, on 15 August 1947. The territories of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore were then reconstituted into a state within the Union.[3]


In 1956, the Government of India effected a comprehensive re-organisation of provincial boundaries, based upon the principle of shared language. As a result of the States Reorganisation Act on 1 November 1956, the Kannada-speaking districts of Belgaum (exclusing Chandgad Taluk), Bijapur, Dharwar, and North Canara were transferred from Bombay State to Mysore State.[4] Bellary district was transferred from Andhra State. South Canara was transferred from Madras State and Koppal, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Bidar districts from Hyderabad State. Also, the small Coorg State was merged, becoming a district in Mysore State.[5][6] The state was renamed Karnataka on 1 November 1973.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "States of India since 1947". World Statesman. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Rajyotsava: The hows and whys of Karnataka". Bangalore Mirror.
  3. ^ Sadasivan, S. N. (2005). Political and administrative integration of princely states By S. N. Sadasivan. ISBN 9788170999683.
  4. ^ "States Reorganization Act 1956". Commonwealth Legal Information Institute. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Google Books".
  6. ^ Ramaswamy, Harish (1 June 2007). Karnataka Government and Politics. Concept Publishing Company. ISBN 9788180693977 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Ninan, Prem Paul (1 November 2005). "History in the making". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

Coordinates: 12°18′N 76°39′E / 12.30°N 76.65°E / 12.30; 76.65