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Maharaja's Palace

Maharaja's Palace

One of the famous landmarks of Mysore, Maharaja's Palace is a stunning architectural marvel. Once the royal residence of the king of Mysore, the Palace was built in the year 1912. It was designed by the British architect Henry Irwin. TheĀ  area where the Maharaja's palace stand today was once occupied by the three palaces, which were destroyed one after another by lightening and political agitation. Tourists coming to Mysore do visit this Palace, which is truly a treat to the senses.

The wonderful architecture is one of the striking features of the Maharaja's Palace. The palace is a perfect amalgamation of the Indo-Saracenic and traditional Dravidian styles of architecture. The fascinating structures of the palace encompass marble domes, huge verandas, mesmerizing minarets, cupolas, arches, carved pillars and beautiful balconies. The sculptures of goddess Gajalakshmi and her elephants above the central arch are truly amazing. The goddess symbolizes prosperity, wealth and good fortune. The palace sparkles like a jewel when it is illuminated on Sunday nights and during festivals. The interiors of the palace are highly luxurious reflecting the grandeur of the bygone era.

One interesting thing about the palace is its wooden elephant howdah (frame to carry passengers), which is kept to the north of the main gate. Majestically decorated with gold and green gems, the howdah is a must-see attraction of the palace.


Other attractions of the Palace are

Ambavilasa or Diwan-e-Khas- It boasts of its rosewood doorway inlaid with ivory, stained glass ceilings, exquisitely carved columns, decorated steel grills and stunning chandeliers.

Gombe Thotti or Doll's Pavilion- It houses a variety of dolls belonging to the period between the 19th and the 20th century.

Kalyana Mantapa or Marriage Hall- Its colorful glass ceilings with peacock motifs and beautiful oil paintings deserve mention.

 

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