Mysore Palace was constructed by King Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar. He was the 8th king of Wodeyar dynasty. Its construction period was from 1897 to 1912.
Mysore Palace is a grand and attractive historical palace whose beauty is convincing to millions. That is why thousands of people come from far and wide to see the beauty of Mysore Palace. It is also known as Amba Vilas Palace. This palace not only promotes tourism in Karnataka state but this palace has a rich cultural and historical importance in India. Well, there are many places to visit in Karnataka and the most famous is Mysore Palace.
You can also read the embarking places to visit in Karnataka. There are many palaces in Mysore but Mysore Palace is the most alluring, So, here in this blog I will tell you about the most stunning and interesting facts about this Palace.
1)The Wooden Splendor
Earlier the palace was made up of wood and called ‘Wooden Palace’.During the wedding of Princess Jayalakshammani, the royal structure was caught in a fire and destroyed. After the burnt down of the complex, the new palace which is known to us was built between 1897 to 1917. The new palace was designed by Henry Irwin, the British architect. P. Raghavulu Naidu was constructed in the Mysore Palace. He was also the executive engineer in the Mysore Palace division. It costs approximately 42 lakhs rupees.
2)The grandeur architecture of Mysore Palace
It was made with totally a different manifesting style. It was made of grey granite and the domes were decorated with pink-colored stones. It was built in Indo-Saracenic style. Let me tell you first that previously, this palace was made of old wood of sandalwood. But it was completely burnt due to an accident so a new palace was later built.It is a mix blend of Hindu, Mughals, Gothic, Rajput style of architecture because it was renovated several times.
The palace has four main entrances. The front gate is called Jaya Maarthaanda which is in an eastward direction. This east gate is open only for dignitaries and the west gate is opened during Dasara festivals. The south gate is open for the general public and called Balarama. The north gate is called Jayarama.The Palace has 5 storey tower with gold plated dome and it is 145 feet high.
3)Mysore Palace -A Treasure trove of Artfacts
As attractive as the external structure of Mysore Palace, the internal structure is even more alluring. The peacock themed Kalyana mantapa, doll’s museum and impressive museum attracts a lot of tourists. The carved, ceilings, blue and golden colored pillars of the hall are the most eye-catching. There are stained glass windows that make the complex a more eye-dropping structure.
The museum has silver solid doors. The paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, the sword of Tipu Sultan, weapons cannons, ornaments, costumes are displayed in the museum. Some chandeliers were imported from Czechoslovakia. The main attractive item is a wooden elephant decorated with 84 kg of gold and the Chinnada Simhasana, which means the golden throne. The golden throne of Mysore royals originally belonged to the Vijayanagar king. It was also said that it once belonged to Pandavas.
5)The Royal Paintings
The paintings of the famous painter Raja Ravi Verma are the main source of attraction. The manifesting painting of Durga Shakthi like Shailputri, Brahmachakrini, Katyani, Kalratri, Kushmanda is also there along with the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. These are open for public visibility.
6)The Hindu Temples
During the earlier time, the kings used to build temples inside the Fort, palaces.This Palace have near about 12 beautifuly carved temples constructed by different Wadiyar kings.The oldest temple was built in 18th century and the last one was built after the independence.
7)Mysore Dusshera festival
The Dusherra festival is celebrated with much joy and fun in Mysore. It is a 10-day function during which the whole complex is decorated with lights. On this occasion, several parades are also done like a torchlight light which is conducted at Bannimantap Parade after the Jumbo Saveri. In Jumbo Saveri, the banni tree is worshiped.
Many artists perform on the stage between the Palace ground. At that time, kings sat on the Ambari that was conceded by an elephant throughout Dusherra. Today the idol of Goddess Durga is placed in the Aabari on the Dusherra festival. The Mysore Palace is illuminated with a 97,000 light bulb that will make your retina fall.
8)Keeping tradition Alive
The royals of Mysore have a great tradition of keeping their tradition and festivals alive. Dasara festival is the best example. The people of Mysore royals celebrate the Dasra festival with great enthusiasm and pomp.The Palace hosts games, music and dance competition through the 10 days of Dashra festival.
9)Light and Sound show in Mysore Palace
The sound and light show tell us about the history of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty. The history of Mysore Palace is narrated both in female and male voices with the background of simple, sober music. Previously, this show was hosted only in the Kannada language but since January 2018, it has been also played in English. After the sound and light show, this palace is illuminated for 5 minutes. There are thousands of small lights that are fixed all around the complex.
10)The Royal Throne
The golden throne is called as Ratna Simhasana with splendid oeuvre on its gold plate . It is showcased during the 10 days Dusherra festival. The king used to sit on the golden throne and run the courtyard.
Adults = 70Rs
Children (10 to 18 age ) = 30Rs
Students = 10Rs. Students for study tour should bring the permission letter from the head authority.
In the ‘sound and light‘ program the tickets will be issued after 6.30 pm that costs 90Rs for adults and 40Rs for children in the English language.
10 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM