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Mysore Palace

"It did not matter, after all. He was only one man. One man's fate is not important. "If it is not, what is?" He could not endure those remembered words."

Mysore Palace The Mysore Palace has undergone ravages in the hands of many; but still it has stood in the test of time. If there is something called fate, one must say that the Place has a very good fate.

Mysore Palace is located at the heart of the city of Bangalore and is famous for its attractive structure. It is also known as Amba Vilas, and had been the erstwhile residence of the Maharaja of the Mysore State. All round the year tourists visit this place to have a glimpse of the splendid Palace, and rediscover the glory of India.

History of the Mysore Palace:

The present Mysore Palace has been designed by the British architect named Henry Irwin. This was because the original structure of the Mysore palace had been destroyed by fire in the year 1897.

The present structure was completed in 1912. The earlier structure was composed of wood, while the new construction is made with a variety of imported and ethnic unique elements. Before that also, there was another set of destruction in the year 1638, when lightning crushed the entire palace and Raja Wodeyar reconstructed it, adding a new pavilion.

Actually after the death of Tipu Sultan, the palace went through catastrophic stages and was continually built and destroyed. The cost of the new structure is Rupees 41, 47,913, and is the grand example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

Description of the Mysore Palace:

Based on the Indo-Saracenic style the Mysore Palace stands elegantly for the past century without any conspicuous destruction. The entrance of the palace is through the Gombe Thotti, which is also known as the Doll's Pavilion.

There is a colonnade of the Indian and the European structures here. Then there is an Elephant Gate bedecked with double headed Eagle, and inside this there is a courtyard. To the North of the gate one can see dolls, and also a wooden elephant which is considered as a carriage and decorated with 84 kilograms of Gold of the value 24 carat.

In the South you shall find the Kalyan Mandapa in which marriages occur. There is an octagonal ceiling constructed with colored glass, with peacock motifs that are set in statistical prototype. The floor dazzles with multicolored tiles that have been brought from England. The walls are painted with oil paints and the story mainly involves the Dusshera Festival of the Hindus.

On the second floor there is a decorated ceiling and the fresco consists of the image of the various manifestations of Goddess Shakthi, who is the goddess of Strength. There are also scenes involving the characters of the epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The hanging balcony supported by pillars is another attraction of this place. The Ambivilas is meant for the entertainment of the royal family members.

12 temples encircle the palace and are typical example of the Dravidian technique of architecture. Sine the palace is under the supervision of the Department of Archeology, under the Government of Karnataka, it has been converted into a full fledged museum.

The paintings, royal costumes, and the weapons of the kings and the emperors are on display. There is also a small collection of the gems and the jewelries that belonged to the ancient kings and emperors; these are also displayed. There is also a private museum that belongs to Wodeyar.

How to Reach Mysore Palace:

Since Bangalore is the nearest airport and Railway Station, one can easily come to Bangalore and then visit the splendid Mysore Palace.

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