Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar was declared successor to Sri Ranadhira Kantirava Narasaraja Wodeyar
. He ruled Mysore
from 1673 to 1704. During his regime the state witnessed a lot of reforms.
The reign of Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar was considered as a golden period of Mysore. He extended the territories of Mysore, fixed wages for different works, built canals for irrigation, introduced weights and measures, introduced the postal system, imposed taxes to enhance revenue, constructed storehouses, and set up 18 departments (chavadis) in the administration. Kannada literature prospered in his regime and the Maharaja himself made significant contribution to it.