Discover India - Mysore Palace

Come Dasara each year and one of the largest palaces in India, Mysore Palace of Karnataka comes alive with all its grandeur and splendor attracting millions of tourists from across the world.

The grand and Royal Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas, is a fine example of unique blend of different styles of architecture. It is the residence of the royal family of Mysore, the Wodeyar Maharajas. The Mysore Palace was rebuilt in 1912 after the original palace was destroyed in a fire accident in the year 1897. It was re-designed by a famous British architect Henry Irwin. The Palace has a number of visually delightful rooms like the portrait gallery, the royal armory, delicately carved doors and solid silver, graceful chandeliers, decorative stained glass ceilings, ornamental frescoes, etc.

The Golden Throne

The star attraction of the Mysore Palace is the traditional ceremonial golden throne. It is the Historical Royal Seat of the rulers of the Mysore Kingdom. The golden throne, which is associated with ceremonies, such as the coronation of the King in the early days, comprises a main seat, steps leading to the main seat and a golden umbrella over the main seat. Carved out of fig wood, the Golden Throne of Mysore is ornamented with ivory plaques. Besides, it is adorned with gold, silver and a number of precious gems. The umbrella of the Golden Throne has Slokas engraved on the rim. Today, the Golden Throne of Mysore is on display for the tourists only during the Mysore Dasara festival and for the rest of the year it is placed under high security. 

Quick Facts

The splendid durbar hall is marked by an exquisitely decorated ceiling, a glistening floor and sculptured pillars that are painted in gold. Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll's Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls. The pavilion also houses a fine collection of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects like a wooden elephant howdah decorated with 84 kilograms of gold and other precious stones.

The Kalyana Mantapa or marriage hall is a grand octagonal-shaped pavilion with a multi-hued stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns. The floor of the Mantapa continues the peacock theme with a peacock mosaic designed with tiles from England. Oil paintings, illustrating the royal procession and Dasara celebrations of bygone years, make the walls more splendid.

Every September or October, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival. It is sight to behold when the palace is lit up with lights on national holidays and during Dasara Navarathri festival.

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