Tourist Places in Karnataka
Mysore Palace or the Maharajah's Palace located in the heart of the city at Mirza Road is the most attractive monument in Mysore.
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Designed in Indo-Saracenic style by the well-known British architect , Henry Irwin, it is an eclectic synthesis of architectural styles. Mysore palace is one of India's most dramatic national monuments.
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Today it is a museum housing treasures from across the world reflecting the rich and colorful history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore. It is also known as Amba Vilas.
The three storeyed building, 245 feet in length and 156 in breadth has a series of square towers with arches covered by
domes. There is wide open space in the front and the open courtyard in the centre is covered by a gold-plated dome about 145 feet from the ground.
The Famous Tourist Places in Karnataka are'Gombe Thotti' or the Doll's Pavilion , a gallery of Indian and European sculpture and ceremonial objects.
To the south, the magnificent 'Kalyana Mantapa' or the marriage pavilion has a centre octagonal gabled ceiling, covered by multi coloured stained glass with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns and beautiful chandeliers .
Multi-coloured stained glass with peacock motif, beautiful chandeliers from Czechoslovakia,tall iron pillars wrought at Scotland; glittering glazed tiles imported from London, oil-paintings are found in this Palace.
Royal Wedding Hall and the Armoury are also some of the other attractions of the Palace.
On the second floor, the 'Diwan-I-am' Durbar Hall 155 ft. long and 42 ft. broad, has an ornate ceiling, a shining floor and many sculpture pillars which are said to have been painted with gold.
On the same floor to the south is the smaller 'Amba Vilas' or ‘ Diwan-e-khas' (hall for private audience) that has beautifully carved doors at the entrance with inlay work.
The word Mysore is derived from Mahishuru or Mahishasurana Ooru, meaning the town of Mahishasura, the demon king who is believed to have lived here. The history of Mysore can be traced back to the time of Mahabharata. It was ruled by the Ganga Dynasty from the 2nd century to approximately 10th century. Later it was ruled by the Cholas for a century which was followed by the Chalukyas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire and finally the Mysore Yadu rules in the 13th century.
During the reign of Chamaraja Wadiyar the city is said to have gained prominence. For a brief period the Wadiyars got dethroned, but finally returned to power under the British command at the end of the 17th century.
There are twelve temples surrounding the palace within the compound like the Someshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lakshmiramana Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu are the famous Tourist Places in Karnataka
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