List of Diwans of Mysore

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Prime Ministers of Mysore
Dalvoys of Mysore Kingdom
(1732–1782)
Under Chamaraja Wodeyar VII
(1732–1734)
Devarajaiya Urs 1732 - 17634
Under Krishnaraja Wodeyar II
(1734–1766)
Devarajaiya Urs 1734 - 1761
Hyder Ali 1761 - 1766
Under Nanjaraja Wodeyar
(1766–1770)
Hyder Ali 1766 - 1770
Under Chamaraja Wodeyar VIII
(1770–1776)
Hyder Ali 1770 - 1776
Under Chamaraja Wodeyar IX
(1776–1782)
Hyder Ali 1776 - 1782
Diwans of Mysore Kingdom
(1782–1949)
Under Chamaraja Wodeyar IX and Tipu Sultan
(1782–1799)
Purnaiah Dec 1782 - May 1799
Under Krishnaraja Wadiyar III
(1799–1881)
Purnaiah May 1799 - Apr 1811
Bargir Bakshi Balaji Rao Apr 1811 - Jan 1812
Savar Bakshi Rama Rao Feb 1812 - Oct 1817
Babu Rao Nov 1817 - Apr 1818
Siddharaj Urs May 1818 - Feb 1820
Babu Rao Mar 1820 - Aug 1821
Lingaraj Urs Nov 1821 - Nov 1822
Babu Rao Dec 1822 - Nov 1825
Venkata Urs May 1827 - Oct 1831
Venkataramanaiya Oct 1831 - May 1832
Babu Rao May 1832 - Aug 1834
Kollam Venkata Rao Apr 1834 - 1838
Surappaya 1838 - 1840
Kollam Venkata Rao 1840 - 1844
Kola Krishnama Naidu 1844 - 1858
Kola Vijayarangam Naidu 1858 - 1864
Arunachala Mudaliar 1864 - 1866
Under Chamarajendra Wadiyar X
(1881–1894)
C. V. Rungacharlu Mar 1881 - Jan 1883
K. Seshadri Iyer Jan 1883 - Dec 1894
Under Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV
(1894–1940)
K. Seshadri Iyer Dec 1894 - Aug 1900
T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty Aug 1900 - Mar 1901
P. N. Krishnamurti Mar 1901 - Jun 1906
V. P. Madhava Rao Jun 1906 - Mar 1909
T. Ananda Rao Apr 1909 - Sep 1912
M. Visvesvaraya Nov 1912 - Dec 1918
M. Kantaraj Urs Dec 1918 - Feb 1922
A. R. Banerjee Mar 1922 - Apr 1926
Mirza Ismail May 1926 - Aug 1940
Under Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
(1894–1940)
Mirza Ismail Aug 1940 - 1941
M. N. Krishna Rao 1941 - 1941
N. Madhava Rao 1941 - 1946
A. R. Mudaliar 1946 - 1949
Chief Ministers of Mysore State
(1947–1956)
Under Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
(1947–1956)
K. Chengalaraya Reddy Oct 1947 - Mar 1952
K. Hanumanthaiah Mar 1952 - Aug 1956
Kadidal Manjappa Aug 1956 - Oct 1956
Chief Ministers of Reorganised Mysore State
(1956–1972)
Under Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
(1956-1963)
S. Nijalingappa Nov 1956 - May 1958
B. D. Jatti May 1958 - Mar 1962
S. R. Kanthi Mar 1962 - Jun 1962
S. Nijalingappa Jun 1962 - May 1963
Under S M Srinagesh
(1963-1965)
S. Nijalingappa May 1963 - 1965
Under V. V. Giri
(1965-1967)
S. Nijalingappa 1965 - 1967
Under Gopal Swarup Pathak
(1967-1969)
S. Nijalingappa 1967 - May 1968
Veerendra Patil May 1968 - 1969
Under Dharma Vira
(1969-1972)
Veerendra Patil 1969 - Mar 1971
Chief Ministers of Karnataka
(1972-present)
Under Mohanlal Sukhadia
(1972-1975)
D. Devaraj Urs Mar 1972 - 1975
Under Uma Shankar Dikshit
(1975-1977)
D. Devaraj Urs 1972 - Dec 1977
Under Govind Narain
(1977-1982)
D. Devaraj Urs Feb 1977 - Jan 1980
R. Gundu Rao Jan 1980 - 1982
Under Ashoknath Banerji
(1982-1987)
R. Gundu Rao 1982 - Jan 1983
Ramakrishna Hegde Jan 1983 - 1987
Under Pendekanti Venkatasubbaiah
(1987-1990)
Ramakrishna Hegde 1987 - Aug 1988
S. R. Bommai Aug 1988 - Apr 1989
Veerendra Patil Nov 1989 - Oct 1990
Under Bhanu Pratap Singh
(1990-1992)
S. Bangarappa Oct 1990- Nov 1992
Under Khurshed Alam Khan
(1992-1999)
M. Veerappa Moily Nov 1992 - Dec 1994
H. D. Deve Gowda Dec 1994 - May 1996
J. H. Patel May 1996 - Oct 1999
Under V. S. Ramadevi
(1999-2002)
S. M. Krishna Oct 1999 - 2002
Under T. N. Chaturvedi
(2002-2007)
S. M. Krishna 2002 - May 2004
Dharam Singh May 2004 - Jan 2006
H. D. Kumaraswamy Feb 2006 - Oct 2007
Under Rameshwar Thakur
(2007-2009)
B. S. Yeddyurappa Nov 2007 - Nov 2007
B. S. Yeddyurappa May 2008 - 2009
Under Hans Raj Bhardwaj
(2009-2014)
B. S. Yeddyurappa 2009 - Jul 2011
D. V. Sadananda Gowda Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
Jagadish Shettar Jul 2012 - May 2013
Siddaramaiah May 2013 - 2014
Under Konijeti Rosaiah
(2014-2014)
Siddaramaiah 2014-2014
Under Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
(2014-present)
Siddaramaiah 2014 - present


The Maharajas of Mysore founded the kingdom in 1399 with a brief interruption in the last two decades of the 18th century. After Tipu Sultan, the concept of Diwans was conceived in the Kingdom, with Diwan Purnaiah as the first ever Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Mysore, who was a diwan for Tipu Sultan, and after the end of the Sultans, to the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. The word Dewan (in Urdu) means the Prime Minister of a kingdom; more precisely, a royal advisor to the monarch.

The following lists the Diwans of Kingdom of Mysore through 1799 to 1947. The most notable of the diwans are: Diwan Purnaiah, Diwan Sir C. V. Rungacharlu, Diwan Sir K. Seshadri Iyer, Diwan Sir P. N. Krishnamurti, Diwan V. P. Madhava Rao, Diwan T. Ananda Rao, Diwan Sir M. Visveswarayya, Diwan M. Kantaraj Urs, and Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail. Many of the diwans are associated with several industrial and educational initiatives undertaken during their terms. These initiatives include almost all works assigned/ directed by the king, permeating activities like setting up and maintaining industries like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant, Mysore Lamps, Mysore Chemical and Fertilizers Factory, Mysore Paper Mills, Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited. The State Bank of Mysore was established in 1913. Dams for irrigation like Krishna Raja Sagara in 1924 and Hydroelectric Power Plants on Shivanasamudra Falls in 1902 and Jog Falls. Bangalore was the first city in India to get electric street lights in 1905.

Portrait Name Took office Left office Term Monarch
1 Purniya, Chief Minister of Mysore.tif Purnaiah 29 December 1782 4 May 1799 1 Portrait of Tippoo Sultan Wellcome L0040600.jpg

Tipu Sultan

(Began the culture of diwans in Mysore Kingdom)

4 May 1799 April 1811 Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.jpg

Krishnaraja Wadiyar III

2 Bargir Bakshi Balaji Rao April 1811 January 1812 1
3 Savar Bakshi Rama Rao February 1812 October 1817 1
4 Babu Rao November 1817 April 1818 1
5 Siddharaj Urs May 1818 February 1820 1
(4) Babu Rao March 1820 August 1821 2
6 Lingaraj Urs November 1821 November 1822 1
(4) Babu Rao December 1822 November 1825 3
Direct rule by Krishnaraja Wadiyar III November 1825 May 1827
7 Venkata Urs May 1827 October 1831 1
8 Venkataramanaiya October 1831 14 May 1832 1
(4) Babu Rao May 1832 19 April 1834 4
9 Kollam Venkata Rao 20 April 1834 1838 1
10 Surappaya 1838 1840 1
(9) Kollam Venkata Rao 1840 1844 2
11 Kola Krishnama Naidu 1844 1858 1
12 Sir Kola Vijayarangam Naidu 1858 1864 1
13 Arunachala Mudaliar 1864 1866 1
Direct rule by Krishnaraja Wadiyar III 1866 1868
Temporary rule of the British Raj 1868 20 March 1881 Subsidiary Alliance between the Kingdom of Mysore and the British East India Company
14 C. V. Rungacharlu.jpg Sir C. V. Rungacharlu[1] 25 March 1881 20 January 1883 1 Chamaraja Wodeyar 1863-94.jpg

Chamarajendra Wadiyar X

15 Seshadri Iyer.jpg Sir K. Seshadri Iyer 21 January 1883 28 December 1894 1
28 December 1894 11 August 1900 Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar 1881-1940.jpg

Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV

- T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty Portrait.jpg Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty
* Sir T. R. A. Thumboo Chetty officiated for considerable periods during the absence on leave of the Permanent holder of the office of Dewan mainly for Sir K. Seshadri Iyer.
11 August 1900 18 March 1901 1
16 Sir P. N. Krishnamurti 18 March 1901 30 June 1906 1
17 V. P. Madhava Rao.jpg Sir V. P. Madhava Rao 30 June 1906 31 March 1909 1
18 T. Ananda Rao.jpg Sir T. Ananda Rao 1 April 1909 September 1912 1
19 Vishveshvarayya in his 30's.jpg Sir M. Visveswarayya 10 November 1912 8 December 1918 1
20 Sir M. Kantaraj Urs 10 December 1918 5 February 1922 1
21 No image.png Sir A. R. Banerjee 6 March 1922 25 April 1926 1
22 Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail.jpg Sir Mirza Ismail 1 May 1926 3 August 1940 1
4 August 1940 1941 Court portrait of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar of Mysore.jpg

Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar

- No image.png Sir M. N. Krishna Rao
(acting)
1941 1941 1
23 No image.png Sir N. Madhava Rao 1941 1946 1
24 ARMudaliar.jpg Sir AM Ramaswamy Aug 1946 Nov 1949 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diwans Takeover". The Hindu. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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