The new Durbar
Hall (1938) of the Mysore Palace is a part of the main palace
enclosed on three sides and completely open on the eastern side.
This hall is of a unique kind with magnificent proportions.
Having a clear height of about 15.24 m. above ground level and hall
measures 74.68 m long and 24.38 m wide without any intermediate
pillars. The ceiling of the hall is adorned with the paintings
of the ten incarnations of Vishnu (Dashavatara). The cnetral
panel has the 12 signs of the Zodiac placed around the Hindu
Trinity-Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The main frontage of the
palace has nine arches, supported by ornamental pillars carrying a
beautiful balcony without intermediate pillars.
King would host major ceremonial gatherings in this hall. Cool
marble floor, through colonnades of cusped arches supported by
intricate and elaborately painted columns. Row upon row, creating an
illusion of infinite corridors. Paintings decorate the walls on the
right. There are images of gods, portraits of royal family and
scenes form the great epic the Ramayana each painting has its own
uniquely carved frame, each one perfectly created to suite its own
niche. Large mirrors on the far walls offer multiple reflections of
whatever scene is unfolding amidst the never-ending columns,
paintings, gods, temples and city skyline.
When illuminated by thousands of electric bulbs during the Dasara
and other festive occasions, the Durbar Hall presents a feature
hardly surpassed in beauty and grandeur by any other structure here
Either side of the wall are two levels balconies painted in green.
Invited kings guest would be seated. Tiered wooden floor to either
sidewas reserved for members of the Kings court his closest advisers
officially part of the durbar. Men would be seated according to
protocol which determined by their direct relationship to the king.
Painted Ceilings on sheets of copper. Central panel is dedicated to
the three supreme deities of the holy Hindu trinity. Four headed
figure on the left is Brahma the creator with goddess of learning
and the arts Saraswati. Ahead is blue-skinned Vishnu, the preserver
the essence of all living beings. Lakshmi sits beside him she is the
goddess of wealth love and luck. On the right is Shiva the god who
destroys and transforms, shown with his wife Parvati and their two
spms – Ganesh the elephant headed god and his brother Kartikaya.
Closest is Chamundi the personal diety of the royal family. Small
circle on the far end is Indra traveling on white elephant. Indra
rules the heavens. He is the god of war and weather.