Arena and Palace Grounds
There is a large area in front of
Mysore Palace which is guarded by six huge bronze tigers in a
ready-to jump up attitude; and, these are located on eigher side of
the east, south and north pathways radiating from palace.
Another pair stand guard at the flight of steps in the quadrangle
north of the marriage pavilion. The renowned British sculptor
Robert William Colton made these bronze tigers in the year 1909.
The north yard of the palace was
laid out in 1918. The two main gateways at the North Gate of
the Fort at Mysore, named Balarama-Jayarama, were completed with the
rear wings and guard rooms, during 1915 - 16. A new South Gate
of the fort named Varaha was built and certain improvements were
carried in 1918-1919. As part of the scheme for the
improvement of the palace gates, a stately gateway with corridors on
both sides in the Indo-Saracenic style was erected and named after
the regal horse in the palace as Jaya Martanda. The other two
gateways on west are Brahmapuri, facing the Jagan Mohan Palace, and
Karikallu Thotti, facing the Mysore City Corporation Office.
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