Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

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The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in Karnataka in India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the royal family of Mysore, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).

Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces, however, the term Mysore Palace specifically refers to one within the old fort. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, it was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current palace construction was started in 1897, and it was completed in 1912 and expanded later around 1940.

Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors. Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace

The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden.

Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants.

Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the palace grounds.

Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. The Dasara festival is celebrated in the months of September and October of each year.

This festival has been celebrated by the Wodeyars in Mysore with great pomp since 1799 and the tradition still is carried on although the scale of the celebrations has diminished. The Dasara festivities have become an integral part of the cultural life in Mysore.

Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll’s Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The palace complex includes twelve Hindu temples. The oldest of these was built in the 14th century, while the most recent one was built in 1953.

                                               Mysore Palace during Dasara

                                                   Temple on the Palace Grounds

                                            Darbar Hall inside Mysore Palace

                                                     Mysore Palace during Dasara

                                                            Inside the Palace

                                                         Temple in Palace Grounds

                                                                      Main Entrance

                                                     Temple in the Palace Grounds

                                                   Temple in the Palace Grounds


  1. The grandeur of the palace is reflected in your post, my grand father was a musician in the Maharaja' palace and it was very nostalgic for me to enjoy the post, thank you!

  2. I am so happy you enjoy reading my blogposts Padmaja. I visited this palace for the first time in October last year. I was amazed at the brilliant architecture, paintings and sculpture of ancient India. We really need people to revive our past glory.

  3. hii..nice post.Thanks for sharing with us.I liked the way you put up the information.I am visited br hills resort and also bandipur resorts last weekend with my family. really enjoyed a lot.Do visit once its really awesome..

  4. As every year many thousands of tourists visit the town, therefore, hotels in Mysore is the prime need and there are number of hotels and lodges are available. In Mysore, you will get number of hotels that ranges from budget to five stars and these hotels provide excellent facilities to their customers. You will get some of the best hotels in every region of the city.