Mysore Palace with guide Amba Vilas Palace ಮೈಸೂರು ಅರಮನೆ inside Mysore Tourism Karnataka Tourism

By | March 4, 2020


Famously known as the Mysore Palace , we are at Amba vilas palace we are with licensed tourist guide Madan Rao almost everyone knows the speciality of this place in the world, this is the most visited palace by tourist is this Mysore Palace listening to the specialities being told by him, of this Mysore Palace i feel so amazed i think you too will feel all excited listening about this palace all Specialities let us see along with Madan Rao, come let us see entry for public to this Palace is only through two entrances only from South and North gate, main gate is generally kept closed there are problems at the main gate, that is some miscreants, who are not guides, claim that the Palace is closed say that we will take you to other tourist places such incidents of cheating has already been reported in the newspapers hence note the gate only north and south gate will be open also outside the palace no kind of Guides are available certified guides are available only inside come inside and then hire a guide, you can check their license too they will always wear their license such that it is always visible here entrance fee is for adults it is 70 Rupees, for kids aged 10 to 18 yrs its 30 Rupees per head, and for study tour for one student it is merely Rupees 10 per student is the entrance fee timing is from morning 10 am to evening 5 pm evening 7pm to 9 pm light and sound show or illumination will be there Palace is open on all days of the week only on Dasara Day the Palace is closed for public this is Palace Main gate there is no entry for public from this gate showing this many people fool tourists that the Palace is closed they give such wrong information in case of any such doubt, there are police personnel all around this place if you ask them you will get the correct information This Palace was constructed by King Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar construction period is from 1897 to 1912 Chief architect was Henry Irwin inside architecture was done by Raghaveru Naidu total boundary is 72 acers, Palace is built in 4 acers even now the royal family stay at the rear side of the Palace that is the residential part of the palace we will be seeing the ceremonial part this palace is built in indo saracenic style for example if you see the window these windows are of Rajasthani style and the red dome and this part was constructed in 1936 Henry irwin was the chief Architect and the dome , above that dome is a metallic flag that flag is 2.7kg gold only the flag not the dome there you can notice the small pancha(5) kalasha that is full of kalasha, five kalasha around the palace there are five gates that is the main gate Jayamarthanda Gate for tourist south enterance gate is there known as Varaha gate also north gate behin the palace there are two other gates one is facing the corporation office, known as Karikalludoddi now we are going to see Gombethotti here the bulbs which we can see total there are 97,200 bulbs every general holidays and during Navarathri there is one hour illumination inside wearing of footwear is not permitted footwear needs to be kept here in the chappal stand see that is the old palace model the old palace in 1897 during the wedding gets burnt only 40 percent gets burnt , 60 percent of it is demolished new palace is constructed from 1897 to 1912 there is the Chamundeshwari uthsava moorthy for Dasara the same idol is used for procession so all year round the goddess statue will be kept here? Yes here are the Italian Marble Neo classical statues these were gifted by the British to the Maharajas Maharajas were the subordinates to the Britishers this area is known as Gombe thotti even from the initial days it has been known as Gombe thotti means this has not been displayed here recently but since ancient times it was the dolls gallary during Navarathri even now pooje is conducted here here next to it is the model of the new Palace that was the old Palace model this is veena ganesha other than here, this can only be found at the Jodpur Palace no where else is this available this is decorated using glass pieces we saw the Italian Marble that marble there is Rajasthan Marble these all are ancient collections of Kings times? yes these are older than the Italian Marbles and here are the pointed arch that is Gothic style Henry Irwin was the Architect he also designed the chennai railway station, High court Mysore City Corporation and Shimlas Viceregal Lodge he was the architect for all those buildings this is a real head of an elephant this is stuffed elephant head set eye and tusk are artificial, skin is original in 1955 Maharaja hunted two Elephants those two elephants used to trouble the villagers near Banidipur the elephants eyes and tusks are artificial the skin is original, every year once they do chemical treatment of it one more is kept there here it is this is elephant entrance gate this is the brass made Elephant gate this was imported from England here is the emblem of the Maharaja here its embossed as ‘Satyam mevam doramyaham’ this is a Sanskrit phrase its meaning is ‘ I uphold only Truth’ just like how we use Satya meva jayathe in coins and notes same way is Satyam mevam doramyaham’ meaning I uphold only Truth these are the Dasara Processions pictures this is canvas oil paint from black and whit photo this was painted into a colour picture none of these are imaginary paintings these are actual, real persons every face you can see, even on the building, see on the footpath including even the animals all are real speciality is here are 3D 2D effects in it this is the speciality of the dasara procession picture of Mysore Palace this was done by 6 artists, for 13 years main artists name is Kehasavaiaya Nagaraju Subramanyam raju, Y Nagaraju, S R Iyengar and Swamy, six artists painted it for 13 years these are 3 D paintings, notice here notice the first one standing drum major his body and shoe point is facing us shadow is to the left and the buildings are flat now come to this corner and see, shadow goes in one side, body and shoe point turn that side building direction also changes to that side now come to the corner now see the shadow has grown longer their shoes point has changed to this side building direction also changes to this side all these who are in British dress they all are subordinates of Maharaja same effect you notice in this building notice public and building is flat come to the corner and see pillar to pillar is the corner see when you come pillar to pillar the public and building direction will come like this notice the tiles here all these tiles are from England, they all are English tiles these are Italian Wall tiles, imported tiles, hence they do not permit footwear inside the palace and more reason is for the paintings and also due to the Atma vilasa Ganapathi temple, which is the Royal Families Athma vilas ganapathi temple for that reason too footwear is not permitted inside this is octagan shaped marriage hall notice the pillars and arches all are cast iron pillars cast iron from Ireland, it appears like wood or concrete but all are cast iron pillars and the chandeliers is from chekoslavokya now too it is in working condition and also below the pillars these all are hard black granite and all doors are of Burma Teakwood yearly once polish is applied on it above every door there will be lakshmi Karnataka artist near Shivamogga there a place called Hosabale Hosabale Chennaiyas family has done it these all are pictures of the procession is the one in the city center notice inside the palace area at this place you can feel the wind coming in there is no AC here here in South East direction there is a ventilator from that this wind comes in it is nice and airy here there a lift here as well this lift is from England, weekly once they check it even now it is in working condition even now the wind comes such here there is no other place where such air will come the idea for such ventilation was done by Raghava Iyyer you will notice this only here, in no other part of the palace will you notice this this is the 24th King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar the one who got this palace built this is his brother Bangalores Kantirava stadium was built in his name their father, the one wearing the red turban Chamaraja Wodeyar His father Mummudy Krishnaraja Wodeyar after Tippu Sultans comes Mummudy Krishnaraja Wodeyar after Tippu sultan this is Kings Mother actually she is the founder of this Palace but since it is completed in the time of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyars the credit is given to him this too is a 3D painting, notice the Saree border, chair, eyes all are facing this side go to that corner and see including the chair, eyes all will turn that side it turns along with us this is 24th Kings Elder Sister named Jayalakshmi Mummudi during here wedding time the old palace got burnt but no one was injured, 40 percent of the palace got burnt the rest 60 percent was raised to the ground and and then the same Krishnaraja wodeyar, the one whom we previously saw there that is the same person He is the same King Krishnaraja Wodeyar this is Jayachamaraja Wodeyar he was the ex governor of Karnataka he was also the governor for Tamil Nadu this is the Kings brother actually he is the adopted son, Jaya Chamaraja Wodeyar this is Raja Ravi Vermas original painting there are two paintings of his in this palace one is here, the other is upstairs of Sita Swayamvara that was his last painting after that he expired in 1906 the rest of the paintings here are done by the local artists of Mysore this is a painting done by the British Artist Corod Speed this is King Edward and Wife Alexandra that is wooden base on it is POP and on it is Gold it is real gold they are the sisters of the King these all are gifted invitation boxes none of these are jewellery boxes previously in such boxes gifts and invitations were given these all are used only once, made out of sandlewood and ivory notice the bottom part of the stool they are real bison legs the painting here is of Dasara procession, which is the main attraction previously the King used to sit inside the golden Ambari on the Elephant that golden ambari i will show you a little later notice the direction of the elephants, people and all it is all facing us but notice the shadow it is opposite to us come to the other side and notice now everything has turned they took five years to complete each painting, this was done by local artist Keshavaiya the rest all was done in a span of 13 years by different painters different types, styles these all are Teak wood doors this is the Elephant Chariot used by the ladies of the Royal family that silver chariot is still in use, that is a private property of Royal family even now it is available in this painting you can see the Main entrance of the Palace, that is the Jayamarthanda Gate notice the Marthanda marga gate direction it is flat opposite horse carriages are moving forward the shadow of the Horse and the Horse carriage are parallel no where can you find it bent. it is straight come to the corner and see, all is bent to that side see the horses, carriages and arch has also come in this direction the basic technique of 3 D painting is colour contrast one side they will choose dark colour contrast and one more side they will use light colour contrast the example of that can be seen in this painting the wheels of the Elephant Chariot are coming towards us in that you can see the light and dark colour contrast you slowly notice and come here, focus on that itself these wheels here if you come to the corner here, it will slowly turn yo cannot see the colour contrast now, but only the colour is visible notice contrast is not visible here only colour is visible here wheels is turned this side previously it had turned that side in the last here is the ambulance carriage the concept of ambulance existed back then itself was used for all emergencies. this is two days after Vijayadarshami, the festivity at Chamundi hill the children of the King are pulling the temple chariot this is Jayachamaraja Wodeyar here you can see the wrestling ring here notice the under ground electric cables then also they had the concealed system later i will tell you about electricity these are hollow brass Jaguars from scottland they look like solid stone but they are hollow totally there are six of them including the outside ones they too were brought from scotland notice the metallic Flag the five Kalasha is also visible form here that is 2.5 Kg gold only the flag not its pole only the flag this is the dressing room there are two crystals in the two chairs one is of Silver once more is in the front i will show it later that crystal is for gifting this silver one is for the royal family to sit on inbetween that is the Dasara procession painting the frame is of Elephant tusks it s original elephant tusks this is the kings emblem of Gandaberunda the Elephant in the painting its name is Gajendra that Elephants tusks have been used as its remembrance notice the ceiling it is fully made of teak wood inside here the royal family reside behind this inside are stuffed animals their weapons the things used during the wrestling these all are royal families private property notice the bull here in the middle its eye, ears, horns direction is this side now move to this corner notice they all have turned again notice here horses are all coming in this direction now notice St Philomenas Church is 2kms from here you can see KIngs Rolls Royce car, which they possessed back then notice this painting it is facing this side go to corner this is the Dasara procession, canvas oil painting, using vegetable colours this pillar is hand polished these are local granite there are total 7 canons these were gifted to the King by the British in 1883 before 1883 this was kept in the palace of Tippu Sultan in Tippu Sultan Srirangapatna Palace after that was demolished in 1883 by the British this was given here these all are very old cannons, but as per record this was gifted in 1883 even now during Navarathri they use this for salutation so this is older than the date that it was gifted on because in History not all is recorded but generation to generation some information is passed on, that needs to be carry forward this is Kerala trissurpuram festival modelq gifted from Kerala, those dolls in and around the elephant are all made our of Ivory this was gifted to the King by Sri Lanka Krishna, Rukmini, Satyabhama next here are Rama Sita Lakshmana and Hanuman this was gifted by Malaysia you can get know by seeing the style it is not from our country it is from Srilanka even now during Navaratri these all dolls are included in the Doll pooje this is the golden Ambari every Dasaras main attraction in this the statue of Goddess Chamundi is carried during Dasara procession previously King used to sit in it now Chamundi is seated in it during procession its total weight is 750 kg its gold content is 80 Kg this was initially hidden in the basement by Tippu Sultan along with the Throne due to Diwan Poornaihaias help this was refound and reunited to Mysore Maharaja since then it has been on public display and the throne even now during Dasara the tourist can see it for 20 days this is on display all through the year, made of 80 kg gold these are belonged to Vijayanagara empire notice this mirror this is British style Britishers even now in olden houses use these kind of Mirrors these are for keeping the umbrellas below for keeping the footwear this is Italian mirror notice the mirror, the purpose of it being placed here is if King is getting down the steps here for safety of the King to view his rear side it is not just for us to look at ourself down here are the clips, carpet holding clips carpet holding clips this is Italian marble which appears like tiles this is from Rajasthan these are from local Belgium Mirrors if you wonder why this mirror is placed here this is because, it is the strong room for us only the mirror is visible, but inside there is something else there is one more such on this side too that side is the royal families residential side this is strong room notice that lamp that is from paris there is one from Germany which i will show you later Sri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar Raja Shri Krishna Raja Wodeyar in 1934 when Mahathma Gandhi visited Mysore seeing his work, Gandihji gave him the title of Raja Shri the reason for this title is his work towards the peoples welfare i will tell you more about it later, that is his body guard this clock is of 1886, by England Queen Victoria this is the world famous Raja Ravi Vermas last painting named as Sita Swayamvara Raja Ravi Verma expired in 1906 before that this was his last painting the encouragement given by Mysore Maharaja to Ravi Verma such support no one else had given, this is evident from history this is the last painting, every time we explain we feel quite emotional about it because everyday we get to see the work of the World renowned painters last work that is a matter of pride for us here there are total of 42 pillars this is another main attraction of the palace notice the arches you can see it till the end it is there till the end the architect of this is Raghavallu Naidu the specialty of this is in the mirror to it is visible even the end is visible let me tell you a short short about this, it is a real story Raghavallu Naidus this plan for discussion for the interior of this palace he was called by the king for discussion during the discussion in the last phase they were discussing during lunch when having there food Raghavallu naidu would not brought some print he wanted to show the print he requests for a cup of curd as he had finished his lunch he pours the curd into the plate in that he draws the print in that plate what the King does is the King puts his hand in that curd and suggests a change in the print all the guards who were around him tell him that you made the king put his hand in your plate they get angry and come to scold him then Nalavadi Krishnaraja says what he said i can understand, you are not able to understand, which you have not understood he says lets discuss for 10 minutes the King was so engrossed into it when it was being explained you imagine if the King has to put his hand into another persons plate, how engrossed he would have been for him to give such suggestion imagine as a king what kind of a person he was, how much he appreciates art an outcome of that is this, what you are seeing now the design that they made on the eating plate that same design was seen and the taste if it is being enjoyed not just enjoying the taste in the mouth foreigners say we know India better than Indians because Indians never take guide service all this we get to know when we talk to you yes sir, maximum only foreigners take guide service this we will realize later the paintings above are made on asbestos sheet asbestos sheet is banned in many countries making gold out of waste is a specialty of our people, this is an good example of it this was done by Siddlinga Swamy, here is Vishnus Dashaavathara if you see from the beginning you can see Matsya, kurma, varaha narasimha, vamana, parashurama balarama, krishna last is kalki here there are 27 stars pictures done here there too you can see it, night it glows but public cannot see it right, as public is not allowed inside at night this was given a retouch of gold in the last 6 years using gold leaf this is the 25th King of Mysore King Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, due to his birth anniversary His photo is placed on the silver chair this is 155 feet wide here it is 44 feet wide this is darbar hall, notice here in between there is no pillar inbetween this roof you can ask can it be done using iron beams this is done using key stones, there are 1-29 key stones at every arch this whole structure is held together due to key stones this is also used in Krs also in underground it is used in ancient temples these keystone are used very well that is the specialty of this Palace people come see the paintings, view how this structure stands that they will not know true no one thinks of that if you visit this palace geometrically scientifically, in all ways there are reasons for everything the 24th King, i had told you that i will tell more about him in that time, he got the Sandalwood oil factory started here the oldest silk weaving factory is still in running condition even now also Badravathi iron factory during his time, electricity was generated in whole of Karnataka in 1900 that was started but first it was given to Kolar Gold Fields for mining purpose street light connection was given to Bangalore City market later in 1908 it was given to Mysore we celebrate the birth anniversary of so many people we should celebrate the birth anniversary of Mysore Maharajas this is my feeling and suggestion this is the dignitary gallery this is common ladies gallery VIP dignitaries are equal to common ladies in those days itself the King had given equal status to all then there was equality now they talk of women empowerment those considerations where there back then look up there those balconies were for the royal family the balcony with the curtains all these chandeliers are from Italy notice from here from this angle notice the arch upto the door the arches can be seen clearly yes it is clearly visible see from here from this angle too you can see till the last this is geometric illusion north to this place they have constructed it in the form of slope imagine why they have built it in the form of slope not just based on vastu it has been done scientifically infront of this is at present the football ground and the exhibition ground previously this was the big lake dodda kere maidana all rain water falling on the terrace and all other water as such would directly go to the lake if they had constructed it to their advantage they could have simply built it on an elevated platform they did not do so, now a days in Bangalore the Drains are overflowing and flowing into the apartments they had thought of those things back in those days they had planned for rain water to go to the lake then it was a very big lake hence was known as Dodda kere maidana all water from here would go to the lake When the old palace got burnt the water from the Big lake the residents of Ashokapuram their ancestors to douse that fire they got the water from there and doused the fire here so in gratitude to the same, King got Ashokapuram built the current ashokapuram belongs to them also K R Nagar too was under the guide ship of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar the city was planned Krishna raja wodeyar was equal to god here the painting of the devis these were done by Siddlinga Swamy this is done on canvas, done during 1940 to 1946 the painting visible on the above arches they are different colour stones looks like painting, similar kind of art is visible in taj mahal there precious stones have been used here below too you can notice these all are stones, on top of it in between those which appear unpolished are also stones if we talk here , it will echo notice our talk echoing if we come a little this side then there is no echo if you stand correctly in the center you can hear the echo all have been done scientifically below i showed you the ventilation where air comes from south east come i will show it to you here here you can feel the air come in is this done same for all the floors? NO it is only for this floor, this is Raghavellu Naidus plan for this palace this is one kind of Key stone, see above the air domes from southeast till up it is empty that air which comes from there will directly come here near the lift it will pass there and here as well if they close the door during the cold season if they close that and open this then it will cause heat inside the palace in the winter season if needed it can be heated up, and in summer season it can be converted to a AC condition this is the amazing planning of Raghavalla Naidu even now every week once they check the lift behind this is the Ganesha Temple known as Athmavilasa Ganapathi the speciality of this Ganesha is that 450 Saligrama found in Nepalas Kandaki river those 450 Saligrama was moulded total it is 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide everyday morning and evening they do pooje to it it is not open for public, it is only for the royal family this is done using elephant tusk all this is ivory all those white portions are ivory this is private durbar hall even now during Navarathri they do pooje here King will be seated there these are bell bottom pillars similar to the ones we saw below the ones we saw below was made out of cast iron King enters from here, the door is made out of 106kg Silver this is the silver door? yes Here is Bala Krishna, here is Brahma, vishnu Maheswara up there are the stained glass work from scotland these are stained glass from scotland these are doors of the old palace kept just for memory there is nothing behind it last door only has the Ganesha temple King used to come from here to the Darbar Inside this palace, are all guides certified guides? Here the guides are from Department of Tourism who have a certified license only those license holders can guide about monuments other are not or cannot be considered as guides who are those outside calming to be guides? they are not approved guides you may have seen in the newspapers lately where few people for greed of commission they say that palace is closed, it is not open now saying so they mislead them and cheat them, many such complaints have been received lately last week this was reported by Mysore Mitra too those who have license they can do guide service we also take DC permission along with permission of Palace Deputy Director only they do we guide inside the palace we all are from the department of tourism those outside are not related to this palace here some have complained that some people approached them as guides and then took them shopping, those are not inside the palace, but the once who are outside the palace this way they have brought bad name even to those who hold valid license the concerned higher authorities if they take effective steps, then this will make things more convenient Mysore too will get a good name as of now because of this mysore is getting a black mark claiming that few people outside cheated them, we should avoid such people

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