This brightly painted state of the demon Mahishasura is an iconic image in Mysore tourism. The fact the very name Mysore is associated with Mahishasura.
The story of Mahishasura is the typical mythical theme of victory of the good over the evil. Mahishasura , literally means the buffalo demon, was slayed by the goddess Chamundeshwari. It is for this mythological association that the statue of Mahishasura located near the Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hills.
The statue stands in a traffic circle near to the parking lot. For the tourists to Chamundi Hills taking a group photograph keeping the Mahishasura as the backdrop is almost a mandatory custom. This is one of the most photographed attractions in Mysore.
Mahishasura stands holding a cobra in one hand and the sword raised above the head on the other hand. The massive mustache and the stare adds to the furious expression.
Geographically, religiously and even politically Kaveri (Cauvery, in English) is a significant river in South India.
There are many large cities of south india developed on the shores of this river.In some sense Kaveri to the Deccan plain is what Ganges to the Indo-Gangetic plain of the north India.