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Goddess atop Golden Howdah during Mysuru Dasara Procession
Old Palace Model at Mysuru Palace - More information on Virtual Tour
It was the seat of Power for Krishna Raja Wadiyar the third who ruled from 1799 until 1868

Commonly known as Durga, is personal deity of the Mysuru royal family. Protector of whole Mysuru City.  Mysuru takes its name from Mahishasura, a demon with the head of a buffalo and the body of a human, powerful monster meddling with cosmic powers and causing havoc in the universe.

Procession passing by St Philomena’s Cathedral was one of the largest Catholic churches built in India, its two tapering spires rising to a height of 175 feet – nearly 54 metres, the foundation stone of this magnificent neo-Gothic cathedral was laid  by the King, Krishanraja Wadiyar the Fourth, in 1933.  Schoolgirls peer out from behind the Church wall, but just outside the gate, the priest and European parishioners mingle with the spectators.  Above the entrance to the church is a banner with a message of good will, it says “God bless our Maharajah”.

People would crowd the streets to see their king.  Now it is Chamundi who rides on the golden howdah with decorated horses, jeweled elephants, adorned camels and cows remain an integral part of the procession and it takes the same route that it took before independence.

Birthday Procession

Dasara Procession earlier

Marriage Pavillion -
Octagonal shaped hall where all royal weddings, birthdays and ceremonial functions were celebrated


Portrait Gallery -
Many valuable paintings as well as the Photographs of the Royal Family are exhibited in the portrait gallery on the southern part of the Kalyana Mantapa.  Wadiyar dynasty paintings and photographs are on display. 


Dasara Parade -
Painting captures the moment in the procession that everyone waits for the arrival of the Maharaja.  Krishnaraja Wadiyar the Fourth sits in front of his golden howdah.  His son Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, sits slightly behind to his left and his brother is positioned between them.  Royal Elephant is adorned with golden headdress, tusks are encased in silver, body draped in gold cloth and its face and front legs have been colourfully painted.  Gleaming poles and banners, batons royal insignias and flags blend in with the tall lamp posts strung with garlands.

Wrestling Courtyard

Dasara during the time of Maharaja's

Dasara during the time of Maharaja's

Royal Furniture on Display at Mysuru Palace -
Temple craftsmen also Gudigars were employed by Kings of Karnataka dynasties for generations.  All furniture housed in formal areas of the Palace where visiting dignitaries were entertained.  Silver 2 large chairs resemble thrones.

Public Durbar Hall -
Visitors will first see imported French lamp stands in the corner representing Egyptian figurines, just before entering the Durbar Hall there is a life size statue of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV.

Silver Door on Display at Mysuru Palace

View of Doors

View of Private Durbar at Mysuru Palace -
Place where king and his closet advisers would meet to discuss the affairs of state.  Most gorgeously decorated hall, with a harmonious composition in colours.  The beauty of many of the details is unsurpassed in the palace.

Picture taken during the illumination hours

Picture during evening hours before illumination
Old Picture of Durbar Hall
Picture of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV
Yuvaraja Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar

Picture of Old Mysuru Palace (before fire destroyed Mysuru Palace)

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