Mysore Palace @ Karnataka
The Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, is situated in the city of Mysore, Karnataka, India. It is the official palace of former royal family of Wodeyar. The word “Wodeyar” is pronounced to start with a vowel sound that is Odeyar whose meaning in Kannada is king or the owner. Amba Vilas Palace is the Second most visited place in India after Taj Mahal.
Mysore Palace History
- The palace was built by Wodeyar king in 14th century. After that it was reconstructed multiple times.
- The last construction was started in 1897 and completed in 1912 and later expanded in 1940.
The architectural style of the palace is a combination of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic.
Above the central arch there is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi with her elephants.
Mysore Palace Attractions
- Ambavilasa: It is one of the spectacular rooms used by Kings for private audience.
- Gombe Thotti(Doll’s Pavilion): A gallery of traditional dolls from 19th century to the early 20′s.
- Kalyana Mantapa: It is a grand octagonal-shaped marriage hall with glass ceiling.
- Someshvara Temple(Lord Shiva)
- Lakshmiramana Temple(Lord Vishnu)
- Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple(one of the avtar of lord Vishnu)
- Audience Chamber.
- Public Darbar.
- Armory(where arms were stored).
Dushera is the most celebrated festival of Mysore in the months of September-October of every year.
Mysore Palace @ Karnataka,