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In India there is no dearth of clock towers in public places and most of the colonial clock towers bear testimony to the heyday of the British India. Many of them are chiming clocks, sounding large bells or chime every hour that can be heard far away within half a kilometer radius around the tower.
Dufferin Clock Tower in the old city of Mysore, Karnataka, a popular heritage colonial structure, was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore - the Wadeyars in honor of Lord Dufferin, the Viceroy of India during 1884–1888. This highest British India official took the credit of being the first Viceroy of the Raj to pay a ceremonial and friendly visit to Mysore city at the invitation of the then Maharajah Chamaraja Wadeyar X in 1886.
During the Raj under the British Crown administration, the Mysore kingdom was a princely state with a British Resident stationed in the capital city - Mysore and the royal family of the Wadeyars ruled the land under the guidance and direction of the Viceroy of India. Since Mysore state happened to be a salute state with prestige, they had to follow certain prescribed protocol rules. The royal family, with a view to maintaining a good relationship with the Crown administration, had to please the highest officials then there as a courtesy.
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