Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace (also known as Amba Vilas Palace) is the most prominent landmark of Mysore city in Karnataka, India. Its exquisitely carved rosewood doors and ceilings have beautiful marble figurines, intricate ivory work and colorful wall paintings. There is rich collection of caskets and personal objects of the royal family that evoke opulence and awe. The palace also has two Durbar Halls which were used by the royal family as meeting points during ceremonies as royal courts. Mysore Palace presents a mix of Mogul, Indian and European architectural styles. The palace was the residence of the ruling Wodeyar kings.

Dussehra festival is celebrated in Mysore Palace every autumn during the months of September –October with much pomp and show in which royal family also participates. Artists perform before the gatherings on a stage set up in the palace grounds. Dussehra is the most extravagant festival of Mysore and the palace becomes the center of festivities for masses for 10 days. The festival was first celebrated by Wodeyar rulers in Mysore in 1799 and the tradition is being continued till date now. Dussehra festival is celebrated for 10 days with much ado and pomp by the people in Mysore. On the last and tenth day of the festival, which is called Vijaya Dashmi Day, a procession with caparisoned elephants is carried through the streets of Mysore which is attended by lakhs of people. Dussehra festivities have become integral with the culture of Mysore people.

Opulent Rooms of Mysore Palace:

Amba Vilasa : It is the most opulent and luxurious room of Mysore Palace. It was used by the kings and royal family for private audience. The hall has ornately gilded columns, chandeliers with fine floral motifs, stained galls ceilings, mosaic floor embellished with semi-precious stones and decorative steel grills.

Kalyana Mandapa : It is an octagonal grand marriage hall. There are peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns and the ceiling of the hall is embellished with multi-hue stained glasses. Oil paintings decorate the walls of Kalyana Mandapa and beautiful tiles brought from England have been used in its floorings and walls.

Gombe Thotti (Doll's Pavilion) : It's a gallery with impressive collection of nineteenth and twentieth century dolls. The pavilion also displays a fine collection of Indian and European gift items, ceremonial objects and sculptures. A wooden elephant howdah which is decorated with 84 kg of gold is the main attraction of Gombe Thotti.

On Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays, Mysore Palace is illuminated for one hour, form 7 PM to 8 PM with ten thousand bulbs. The palace remains illuminated for 10 days during the grand Dussehra festivities. The sight of the dazzling Mysore Palace will leave you gasping for a breath and is to be viewed to be believed. Winter months of October to December is the best time to visit Mysore Palace as like any other part of India, summers are uncomfortably hot and dry. The palace remains open for the visitors from 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM daily. You will be required to put off your shoes before entering the main palace complex and photography inside the palace is prohibited.

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