About the Place: Welcome to my post which shares the legacy of splendorous Mysore Place. The palace is the home of the Wodeyar dynasty, who ruled on Mysore over 500 years. It is a great tourist place, click here to know more about the history of Mysore, Wodeyar dynasty and the Curse of Wodeyar dynasty. The palace that, we are admiring now was built in 1912 by the English Architect Hanry Irwin. This 3-story beautiful building is a great example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It took approximately 15 years to complete the construction of palace. The construction was started in 1987 and completed In 1912. The palace has beautifully designed squared towers at cardinal points covered by beautiful domes. It has a Durbar Hall that will amaze you with its dazzling ceiling and sculpted pillars and the Kalyanamantapa (Marriage Pavilion) with its glazed tiled flooring and stained glass, domed ceiling. Ornately carved doors, paintings as well as the fabulous, the golden howdah (elephant seat), jewel covered golden throne (displayed during Dasara) are amongst the palace’s other treasures. The palace also has a very beautiful temple of Shwetha Varahaswamy inside. The palace is brightened on Public Holidays, Sundays as well as during the Dasara Celebrations when 97,000 electric bulbs are used to illuminate it.
History of The Place: After the death of Tipu Sultan (1799). Krishnaraja Wodeyar(five-year-old) III (1794-1868) AD coronated the throne, the coronation ceremony took place under a marquee. The first task of the king, on his accession, was to delegate a new palace built in the Hindu architectural style, and this place was built in 1803. It was constructed swiftly, so soon fell into disrepair and in 1897 was razed to the ground by a fire at the wedding ceremony of princess Jayalakshmmanni. Now, the new Queen’s governor Kempananjammanni Vanivilasa Sanndihana, who delegated the well-known British architect Henry Irwin to build a new palace that would be a tribute to the legacy of Mysuru and the Wodeyars. This place is Completed in 1912 and at a cost of Rs. 41,47,913. But it is so beautiful and strong that even after 100 years it still mesmerizes us by its grace.
The main attraction of Place: The place looks fabulous from outside, but once you will enter into Place, you will view jaw-dropping architecture. Very Fine artwork, mural paintings and much more. The Place is mainly divided into 5 parts. Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion), Ambavilasa or Diwan e Khas, Kalyana mandapa (Marriage Hall), Public Darbar Hall, Royal paintings.
Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion): As per name we can see a good collection of traditional dolls. These dolls are from the 19th century to early 20th century. Apart from dolls, there is a great collection of Indian and Europen sculpture and ceremonial objects. Not only these two amazing collections, but there is the wooden elephant howdah (a frame that carries passengers on the elephant) decorated with not less than 84 kg of pure gold. An important thing to notice is the seven canons which are situated in front of Gombe Thotti and these cannons are still fired twice in a year to mark that ending and starting of the historic festival Dussehra.
Ambavilasa or Diwan e Khas: The Ambavilasa room was used as a hall for the private audience. This hall is one of the most beautiful rooms of the place. Entry to this opulent hall consists of a rosewood doorway with inlaid ivory that opens a shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
The columns of the center hall have gilded columns, stained glass ceiling, decorative steel grills and the chandeliers decorated with floral motifs, mirrored in the pietra dura mosaic floor embroider with semi-precious stones.
Kalyana mandapa: In the middle of the place, there is a grand octagonal shaped Kalyan Mantapa (Marriage hall). It has multi-colored stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs arranged in geospatial patterns. This complete structure was worked in Glasgow, Scotland. The floor of the grand Mandapa has the peacock theme with peacock mosaic, designed with tiles from England.
There is a boundary of detailed oil painting, which illustrates royal succession and Dasara celebrations of olden years.
Public Darbar Hall: As the name suggested, the public Darbar was for the public audience. It is 155 feet in length and 42 feet in width. The splendid bottle-shaped columns are painted in beautiful colors.The hall was used by king mainly to address public. This hall has a priceless collection of paintings by great Indian painter include Raja Ravivarma. The hall opens in a large balcony backed by massive columns that has a fine view of the Chamundi Hills and parade grounds.
Public hallRoyal painting: On the southern side of Kalyana mandapa, there is a painting gallery. Although this gallery has multiple portraits, there are some portraits that are the main center of attraction. There are two portraits by Raja Ravi Varma of the one-year-old prince Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. These are considered as a national treasure. There is one other painting of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This gallery also has some portraits from the 19th century.
Maysore Palace Residential Wing: The part of the palace, where king used to live is also attractive. Although now king lives in a separate part of the palace and this is not being used by the king, so it is open for public and it is another center of attraction. Photography is prohibited in this part. You can find the guide here. In this part, you can find the toys, and the small car used by King when they were a kid. Wall is painted by Family portraits and God portraits. When you will go inside then you can see the throne, it is used by the king during weddings. You can also find 3D paintings, arms, Gunpowder container, and cloths. When you will go on the 1st floor you will be amazed to see that there is a manual lift.
There is a chariot that use to carry ornaments for Devi Chamundeshwari during Dussehra. King meets with people during this holy festival. There is a 200KG pure gold throne. This throne is convertible, King use this throne once in a year for 10 days during Dussehra
Temples inside the Place:
The great Mysore place has 8 great temples inside the premises.
Sri Lakshmiramana Swami Temple: This is the Oldest temple in the city. It is located in western part of the fort, inside the Palace. There is another reason that makes this temple more important, Every single religious ceremony in connection with the coronation of child Raja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III was held in this temple on June 30, 1799.
Kodi Bharravasvami Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Bhairava. The name of this temple is derived from its name itself.
Sri Trinayaneshvara Swami Temple: This temple has actually existed before the period of Raja Wadiyar i.e. located outside the Original Mysuru fort, on the bank of Devaraya Sagar (Doddakere).
Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple: It located beside the south gate. It is built in the style of great Hoysala Empire, which controlled most of Karnataka from the tenth until the fourteenth centuries.
Sri Prasanna Krishanswami temple: The great Mysuru dynasty asserts that its descent from Yadu Vansa (Yadu Race) founded by Sri Krishna of Mahabharata. so, Krishnaraja Wadiyar III felt sad because there was no temple dedicated to Krishna. So he built Sri Prasanna Krishna Temple in 1829 to fulfill this lacuna.
Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple: It is Constructed by Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in the year 1951 located on the northen side of the Palace Fort.
Kille Venkatramana Swamy Temple: It is believed that, when tipu sultan was ruling the Mysore, the royal family was in Srirangapatna and the Queen Lakshmammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wadiyar II was deeply worried about the dynasty and its future. One night she dreamed that Lord Venkataramana directed her to get his statue which is in Balamuri to Mysuru. Queen followed her dream and build a temple without the knowledge of Sultan. It is said that it helped the family to restore his kingdom and wadiyar dynasty after falling of Tipu Sultan.
Sri Gayatri Temple: It is located in the south-east corner of the fort and constructed by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1953. Three shrines dedicated to Savithri, Gayathri and Saraswathi.
There is a beautiful garden inside Mysore palace. The Mysore place is a must visit palace in India, so if you have never been here then go and admire the great artwork. And also attend the musical show at night.
How to reach: Mysore is well connected with every mode of Transport. It has Airport, railway station and several bus depot. It depends on you how will you prefer to reach Mysore.
The day when closed: Sunday and other Government holidays.
Best time to be there: Winter is a good time to be in south India, so preferable time is October to Mid February.
Entry charge: 40 per person for Adults, 25 per person for Children (7-12 Yrs), 200 per person for Foreign Tourists
Camera charge: There are no Extra charges for Camera.
Parking charge: Parking charges varies from Vehicle to vehicle. Parking charges are very nominal.
Palace Entry Timing: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Light show Timing: 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Light show price: For Adults: 40 Rs. for children who above 7 and below 12 years: 25 Rs.