Accession of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I
Narasa Raja Wodeyar I ascended the throne of Mysore in the year 1638. Soon after the accession of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I, he was called on to defend Srirangapatna against the invasions of the Adil Shahis of Bijapur. It was a defence which he mounted with great loss for the enemy. In the fashion of the two Wodeyars before him, he continued to expand the Mysore State in building the Princely State of Mysore. This included taking Satyamangalam from the Nayaks of Madurai in the south, unseating the Chingalvas from their base in Piriyapatna in the west, gaining possession of Hosur (near Salem) to the north and delivering a major blow at Yelahanka to the rule of Kempe Gowda of Magadi, from whom a large tribute was exacted.
Works of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I
The Catholic missionaries had arrived in the coastal areas of southern India in the later half of his rule in Mysore. The Catholic Missionaries sheltered in the Coastal regions like Malabar Coast, the Kanara coast, and the Coromandel Coast starting early trade in the early phase of sixteenth century. They did not begin work in land-locked Mysore until halfway through the seventeenth century. Mysore Mission was established in Srirangapatna in 1649 by Leonardo Cinnami, an Italian Jesuit from Goa, during the rule of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I. Although a few years later Cinnami was expelled from Mysore on account of opposition in Kanthirava's court, the ruler himself was not seen by the Jesuits as unsympathetic, and towards the end of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I's rule. Cinnami returned to establish missions in half a dozen locations. During his second stay, Cinnami obtained permission to convert Narasa Raja Wodeyar I's subjects to Christianity; however, he was successful mostly in the eastern regions of Narasa Raja Wodeyar I 's dominions, regions that later became part of the Madras Presidency of British East India Company.
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