Mysore Palace

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Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace Morning.jpg
Mysore Palace is located in Karnataka
Mysore Palace
Location within Karnataka
Alternative namesAmba Vilas Palace
General information
Architectural styleIndo-Saracenic
Town or cityMysore
Coordinates12°18′14″N 76°39′17″E / 12.3039°N 76.6547°E / 12.3039; 76.6547
Current tenantsGovernment of Karnataka
Construction started1897
OwnerMaharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar
Design and construction
ArchitectHenry Irwin
DesignationsRoyal Seat of the Maharajas of Mysore

The Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, is a historical palace and the royal residence (house) at Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is used to be the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. The palace is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamundi Hills eastward. Mysore is commonly described as the 'City of Palaces', and there are seven palaces including this one; however, 'Mysore Palace' or 'Amba Vilas Palace' refers specifically to this one within the Old fort.

The land on which the palace now stands was originally known as mysuru (literally, "citadel"). Yaduraya built the first palace inside the Old Fort in the 14th century, which was burnt ablaze and constructed multiple times. The old fort was constructed using wood and thus was the reason for the old fort to catch on fire, the current fort was made up of stone, bricks and wood. The current structure was constructed between 1897 and 1912, after the Old Palace was burnt down and now the current structure is also known as the new fort.

Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, with more than 6 million annual visitors.[1]


The last palace, now known as the Old Palace or the Wooden Palace, was burnt into ashes during the 1896 marriage event (Dasara festivities). Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his mother Maharani Kempananjammanni Devi, commissioned the British architect Henry Irwin to build a new palace.[2] Meanwhile, the royal family stayed in the close by Jaganmohan Palace. The construction was overseen by an executive engineer in the Mysore Palace division. He had conducted elaborate architectural studies during his visits to Delhi, Madras, and Calcutta, and these were used in planning for the new palace. The construction cost was placed at Rs 41,47,913 (around $30 million adjusted to inflation) and was completed in 1912.[3][4]

The palace was further expanded in around 1930 (including the addition of the present Public Durbar Hall wing) during the reign of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar. Although the construction was completed in 1912, the fort continued to be beautified and its inhabitants were slowly moved to the newer extensions built off the palace.[citation needed]


The architectural style of domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, with blends of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-storey stone structure with marble domes, and has a 145-foot five-storey tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The entrance gate and arch hold the emblem and coat of arms of the kingdom of Mysore, around which the kingdom's motto is written in sanskrit : "न बिभॆति कदाचन" (never terrified).[citation needed]

The main complex is 245 Ft in length and also 156 Ft in width. There are fire extinguishing machines located in all parts of the palace in order to prevent any fires.[5] The palace has three entrances: the East Gate (the front gate, opened only during the Dasara and for dignitaries), the South Entrance (for public), and the West Entrance (usually opened only during the Dasara).[citation needed]

The three-storey stone building of a fine grey granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, fortune, and abundance with her elephants. There are three major exclusive temple buildings within the Old Fort, and about 18 inside the palace heart building. The palace was built adjacent to the even older Parakala Mutt headquarters, whose leaders have remained the rajagurus (royal teacher and guide) of Mysore kings. The kings of Mysore were devotees of Goddess Chamundi, hence the palace's facing the Chamundi Hills.[6]

The palace houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates an array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.[citation needed]

Mysore Palace viewed from the side
Mysore Palace from the front

The kings who ruled Mysore State[edit]

1.The Yadurayas (ca. 1399-1423) 2.Hill Chamaraja Owners (1423-1459) 3.Thimmaraja's Wives (1459-1478) 4.Senior Chamaraja Wardens (1478-1513) 5.Chamaraja Wardens of the Old Hill (1513-1553) 6.The Bola Chamaraja owners 7.Chamaraja lords of the hill (all three people 1553-1578) 8.Forty years long reign of king lords (1578-1618). 9.The Chamaraja Wives (1617-1637) 10.The second king's lords (1637-1638) ruled for only 1 year 11.Narasaraja Owners 12.The Lord of the Great Lords (1659-1673) 13.Owners of Chikkadevaraja (1673-1704) 14.The silent son of Chikkadevaraja Wodeyars (mother of 1704-1714, with the help of ministers) 15.The Great Krishnaraja Wardens (1714-1734) 16.The owners of Anganahalli Chamaraja 17.Imodi Krishnaraja Wodeyas (both adopted sons, until 1766, were intrigued by the then ruling ministers) 18.The Wives of Nanjaraja (1766- 1770) 19.Hill Chamaraja Wardens (1770-1776) 20.Khasa Chamaraja Wanderers (1776-1796) (Hyder Ali took power over the Mysore State for the time of the Nanjaraja Wodeyas, who died in 1782. His son Tipu Sultan was the dictator of the princely state, only Nanjaraja, hill chamarajas, only khasaraja 21.Mummidi Krishnaraja's lords (who were only 5 years old when they came to power in 1799) independently ruled from 1810 on the British tactic that the Mummidi Krishnaraja wives had to leave the administration to the British Commissioner. 22.The Chamaraja Wives (1881-1902) 23.Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyars (1902-1940) 24.Jayachamaraja Wodeyas (From 1940 until the establishment of democracy, he continued to serve as the king's chief and governor. 25.Srikanthatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur (20 February 1953 - 10 December 2013) 26.Yadavir Krishna Dutta Chamaraja Wodeyar (28 May 2015- Present)



  1. ^ "Tourism in Mysore". 22 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Maharaja's Palace". Mysore District. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Mysore Palace". Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Mysore palace will complete 100 years next year". Deccan Herald.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Chamundi

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Coordinates: 12°18′14″N 76°39′16″E / 12.30389°N 76.65444°E / 12.30389; 76.65444