The kingdom was taken over by Hyder Ali, after whom a number of kings came to rule over the city of Mysore towards the end of the seventeenth. Hyder Ali never claimed kingship neither did his son Tipu Sultan. There came a short period when the kingdom was under the control of a British regent. Some of the important kings among them were: Mummadi Krisnaraja Odeyar (1799-1831 AD) Nalmadi Krisnaraja Odeyar (1895-1940 AD) and Jayacama Rajendra Odeyar (1940-1950 AD). During 1761 till 1782 AD, Hyder Ali enjoyed undisputed power. From 1782 to 1799 AD, Tipu Sultan was crowned as the king.
These kings could do little in order to expand of their kingdom and did not enjoy much power over the Vijayanagara kingdom until Raja Odeyar declared independence from the British regent after defeating the functionary of that empire. The most important the kings in this dynasty are Raja Odeyar, Ranadhira Kantirava Narasaraja Odeyar and Cikkadevaraja Odeyar.
When Raja Odeyar came to power the Wodeyar kingdom mainly was constituted by merely 33 villages. The Mysore fort also built by him and in 1610 AD he shifted the capital from Mysore to Shrirangapattana. In order to expand the kingdom he included the whole of the Mysore district and Shrirangapattana. He was succeeded by Camaraja Odeyar V who took the expansion further. Places such as Hassan, Talakadu, Holenarasipura, Mandya and Cennapattana were taken under control by Camaraja Odeyar V. Also Camaraja wrote the meritorious Kannada version of the Mahabharatha known as the 'Camarajoktivilasa'.
Another king was Cikkadevaraja is also one of the most important kings of this dynasty. His military ingenuity, political acumen and administrative innovations are for which he is most remembered for. Mysore became an important kingdom of South India during his regime. He expanded the kingdom by conquering and defeating the Shahi rulers of Bijapur and Golkonda.
The last Wodeyar king was Jayachamaraja Wodeyar who started ruling from 1940 and continued ruling for few months even after the independence of the country in 1947. When in 1950 India was declared a republic nation, he was given the position of the governor of Mysore. For two years he was even appointed as the governor of Madras in 1956. The title of 'Maharaja' was separated from his name in 1971. He died in 1974 and so did the Wodeyar Dynasty.
Last Updated on : 4/12/2012