Mysore Palace is located in the middle of the city
Mysore in the southern state of Karnataka. Also known as Maharajah's
it displays Indo-Saracenic style of architecture with domes, turrets,
arches and colonnades. The palace was the residence of the Wodeyar
Mahararaja's of the Mysore State, also known as Amba Vilas.
The original palace built of wood but was burnt down in 1897 and
later it was reconstructed for the 24th Wodeyar Raja in 1912. A
renowned British architect, Henry Irwin was the mastermind behind
this magnum opus. It is a collection of precious works of art and
exquisite artifacts from all over the world. Other attractions of
the palace are Soundarya Vilasa, Naama Teertha and 11 canons, which
are located in the palace complex. Even at present the palace remains
the abode of the Mysore royal family, with Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja
Wodeyar, who is a Member of Parliament.
Mysore, or Mahishur as it was previously called, draws its history
from the mythological past, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi
Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Mysore
Dassera celebrates of this victory of good over evil. Mysore is
also related with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century
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The palace is a three-storied complex about 245 feet in length and
156 feet in breadth. At the center of the palace is a gold-plated
dome raised up to the height of 145 feet.
There is also chain of square towers with arches enclosed by domes.
The main gateway to the palace is 'Gombe Thotti' or the Doll's Pavilion,
a gallery of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects.
The gate is adorned with flowery designs, and bears the Mysore royal
symbol of a double headed eagle.
To the south, there is 'Kalyana Mantapa' decorated by multi-colored
glass with peacock motifs in geometrical figures and beautiful chandeliers.
The floor is laid with colorful translucent tiles brought from England
in elegant geometrical patterns and the walls of the palace, embellished
with striking oil paintings illustrating the royal Dussehra celebrations.
The fort housing the 'Diwan-I-am' Durbar Hall, 'Ambavilas' or Diwan-e-khas
used as a hall for private audience are adorned with marvelously
carved doors at the entrance. There are twelve temples within the
compound wall of palace, constructed in typical Dravidian style
including the Varashaswamy Temple.
Best Time to Visit
Mysore enjoys a pleasant weather through the year; the best time
to visit the city is October during the Dussehra festival.