5 Interesting Facts about Mysore Palace We Bet You Didn’t Know

November 23, 2017Diana Lengerson

A tour of the ‘city of palaces’ is incomplete without visiting the beautiful Mysore palace that stands within the old fort. This historical palace facing the Chamundi Hills eastward is not only a tourist destination but also the official royal residence of the Wadiyar Dynasty. The mighty palace is standing there since 14th century despite being demolished and reconstructed multiple times.

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Like any other historical palace or old monuments, the Mysore Palace also has stories, folklore and myths weaved within its mighty walls. Here is a small list of 5 of the interesting facts about Mysore palace that we bet you didn’t know.

  • Many Temples Within the Palace

Mysore Palace or the Ambavilas consists of 14 Hindu temples within its premises. The oldest of the temples were built in the 14th century while the newest one was built as recently as in the year 1953. Kote Anjaneya Swamy and Kote Ganapathi are the most famous temples among the locals. The locals believe that prayers done at the temples located within the palace are always answered. In one of the temple, figurines of Maharaj Krishnaraja Wadiyar and his wives are also worshipped along with the Gods and Goddesses. Some of the temples are decorated with the traditional Mysore wall paintings depicting stories of the past.

  • Construction of the Palace

The Mysore Palace was originally a wooden palace which was demolished and re-constructed several times. During the wedding of Princess Jayalashmanni in 1896, the wooden palace burnt to ashes. Maharaja Krishnraja Wadiyar IV and his mother planned to build an exotic palace in place of the old palace. A British Architect Lord Henry Irwin, along with B. P. Raghavulu Naidu, was commissioned to rebuild the Palace while the royal family stayed in nearby Jaganmohan Palace. The construction of the Palace took 15 long years to complete. Further, an expanded construction undertook in 1940 to build some new portions including the present Public Durbar Hall wing.

  1. The Great Festivities of Dussehra  

The ten days celebration of Mysore Dussehra is famous worldwide. It is one of the most colourful and pompous celebrations of a festival. Raja Wadiyar is the one who is credited to start this great celebration during his reign in 1610. The king was fully devoted to Goddess Durga and her 10 days festival. It is said that the only son of the king died just one day before the commencement of the festival and this was enough of a reason to ban any celebration in the state. But, the king himself announced that the celebration of this festival should not be interrupted even for the death of royal blood.

  • The Unique Rooms of the Palace

The palace, built in Indo-Saracenic architecture, houses many unique rooms of specialities. The palace is also known as Ambavilas because the most important room of the palace was named Ambavilas. It was the hall of the king where he used to organise private meetings. The royalty of the hall is worth experiencing. The Palace also has Kalyan Mantapa, an octagonal marriage pavilion with colourful glass-ceiling. There are many other special rooms in the palace including Diwan-e-aam, Doll’s Pavillion and the armoury, etc.

  • The Unique Blend of Architecture

Mysore Palace is one of the most visited tourist attractions of India because of its marvellous blend of different architectural styles including Hindu, Rajput, Gothic and Mughal.  It is a three-storey building of grey granite coupled with deep pink marble domes. The entrance of the palace has inscribed emblem in Sanskrit that translates into ‘never terrified’, denoting the mighty Mysore kingdom. The palace is equipped with many secret tunnels leading to confidential areas.

The best time to visit the Mysore Palace is during Dussehra because all doors are opened, and the royal golden throne is also available for visitors to see. If you want to witness the royalty of the palace in its full glory, then you should book a hotel in Mysore and stay during the period of Dussehra festivities.

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