With founding of Mysuru dynasty in 1399 AD by Yaduraya, Mysuru has seen 25 rulers. Till emergence of Raja Wadiyar in 1578 AD, the Mysuru Kingdom was a small feudatory Kingdom under the Vijayanagar Empire. With the fall of Vijayanagar Empire in 1565 AD, the Wadiyars inherited and perpetuated the traditions of Vijayanagar Empire. Raja Wadiyar ascended the throne in 1610 AD, in Srirangapatna, the erstwhile capital and inaugurated the Dasara Festivities which are still celebrated with all grandeur. The most celebrated Kings after Raja Wadiyar who contributed to the cultural heritage of Mysuru are Ranadhira Kanthirava Narasaraja Wadiyar (1638 -1659 AD), Chikka Devaraja Wadiyar (1673 -1704 AD), Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar (III) (1799 – 1868 AD), Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar (IV) (1902 -1940 AD) and Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar from 1940 till the establishment of the Republic of India.