A feast for the stomach—and a feast for the eyes

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From Mukhwas, a just-published book on Indian food through the ages, by Alka Pande:

Kanteerava Narasaraja (Wodeyar) of Mysore (1638-49) enjoyed tasteful bites served by charming women. The women had to possess certain qualities of beauty to serve the fastidious king.

“‘Their faces had to shine like the full moon with coryllium sparkling in their eyes. Bells were tinkling around their waists and bangles jingling on their wrists as they served food. The women were enchanting, with anklets ringing sweetly announcing their arrival, swaying their wide hips and slender waists’.”

Photograph: via Wikipedia

Also read: Mudde, mutton saaru and mutton chops with the Maharaja

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7 Responses to “A feast for the stomach—and a feast for the eyes”

  1. Shemej Says:

    Ok. He enjoyed devouring all ? I mean the food…

  2. Anonymous Guy Says:

    From the wikipedia article:
    Kanthirava Narasaraja I, who married ten times, died on 31 July 1659, at the age of 44. At his funeral, all his surviving wives committed sati.

  3. Gaby Says:

    What a dickhead!

  4. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Supposed to be a “Machine Raja” as is understood in the local vernacular! Many amusing tales but true ones abound! There is a village called Bangari Doddi near Srirangapatna which was given away in honor of a courtesan who could care for this Raja!

  5. Amit Pallavoor Says:

    I don’t understand why Churmuri wastes so much web space on hedonists like these.

  6. Anonymous Guy Says:

    DB, Must be fun while filling out ‘native place’ in documents if you are from Bangari Doddi.
    We need to clone this great man somehow and make his stand as an independent from Bangalore South. That will show them who is really boss.

  7. Raja Chandra Says:

    Bangara Doddi Kaluve is one of the earliest irrigation canals of River Cauvery. It is master piece in Engineering.

    The river was dammed near Chandravana to the south of Gautama Kshetra and Water thus stored is led by a canal on the banks of the same river and then taken across the river by an aqueduct. After the Aqueduct the canal had three branches. One branched inside the Fort to provide water to the citizens even during any prolonged seize , the second branch led to where Mahanavami Mantap ( Extant Daria Daulat area) existed and a third barnch led to Ganjam where originally what was known Seeta Vana ( extant Mausoleum area ) existed.

    This Aqueduct was covered on top to also serve as a Bridge. and provide transport facilities to the citizen even when the River was not fordable.

    This Bridge was in use till late 1964 linking Mysore with Bangalore.

    It is a neglected Heritage monument . Aqueduct still exists just abutting the Bridge near Pashima Vahini. ( near Amble resort) Bridge being misused by Lorry owners for washing.

    Hope the busybodies here venture out to see the spot and do something concrete to save this monument !

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