With a divine white look, Jaganmohan Palace is located in Mysore, the princely city in India. Once the home of the Wodeyars (when the construction of the Mysore palace was going on) is now converted into an art gallery and a function hall. The mesmerizing Jaganmohan Palace is itself a piece of art and creativity.
The Jaganmohan Palace is one of the main tourists’ attractions of the royal city Mysore. This is one of the most beautiful palaces which were built by the Wodeyar dynasty. The converted art gallery contains one of the largest collections of artifacts in South India.
History Of Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore
This Palace was constructed in 1861 by the King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III as an alternate palace for the royal family. The palace was used and resided by the royal family when in 1897; The Mysore Palace came across with a fire accident and was damaged irreparably. So till the new palace was built the royal family used this Jaganmohan Place for residing.
The installation of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV took place in a pavilion inside the Jaganmohan Palace in 1902. This ceremony was attended by Lord Curzon, the then viceroy and governer general of India. The palace was used by the daily darbar of the king and also the special darbar during dassera period. In 1915, the palace was converted into an art gallery which was named as Sri. Jayachamarajendra Art Gallary. The convocation at time was also held in this palace.
The first session of Mysore legislative council was held in the palace in 1907. The legislative council was then called as the Representative Council and was presided over by the Diwan (Prime Minister of the State). HH Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar transformed the palace into a trust and opened it for public showing.
Architecture of the Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore
The divine beautiful palace is built in traditional Hindu style and has three stories. The original palace was later extended in 1900 and an external frontage with a hall was added to the existing structure of the palace. The walls of the palace are painted with murals.
Mural is any piece of painting or artwork directly done on the wall or applied on the wall. These mural paintings follow the traditional style of the Mysore school of painting. The Mysore paintings are important form of the paintings originated in South India and was encouraged by the kings. The painting depicts the Dassera festival scenes, and the canvas depicting the sequence of the Jumboo Savari stretches across three walls. These murals have been painted using the vegetable dyes. You can also see the family tree of the Wodiyars painted on the wall.
Two wooden displaying Dashavatara (referred to ten avataras of Lord Vishun) can also be seen in the palace. The palace is situated at natural open space which makes it more beautiful. The water fountain at the entrance with a statue of a boy and girl holding an umbrella is really pleasant and makes us to think about the thoughts at that time.
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
The art gallery contains one of the largest collections of artifacts in South India. Most of these artifacts are paintings, noticeable among which are those by Raja Ravi Varma, some of which demonstrates scenes from the Hindu classics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The group of paintings in the gallery surpassed 2000 in number and these belong to different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan.
Sixteen paintings of Raja Ravi Varma were donated to the gallery by Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. Another significant painting present here is the Lady with the lamp which was painted by the artist S.L. Haldenkar and is placed in a dark room where it is the only display. This is to give an illusion that the glow of the lamp is illuminating the face of the woman.
To watch this lamp painting is really one of a kind experience. Some other painters whose works are exhibited here include Nikolai Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich and Rabindranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore. There are beautiful paintings by the Ukil brothers -Sharada Ukil, Ranada Ukil and Barada Ukil. Another collection of paintings by a British Army Officer named Col. Scot on the wars between Tipu Sultan and the British army are said to be the only visual representation of the wars.
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Jaganmohan Palace Timings and Entry Fee
The Palace is open to visit for the tourists between 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. The total time required to see this whole palace is 1 to 2 hrs.
Entry Fee for Adults: 25 INR and Kids (Aged 5 to 10 years): 10 INR.
Note: Foreign Tourist may have different charges.
Best Time to Visit Jaganmohan Palace
Summer season (April – June) can be avoided as many people may not feel comfortable to visit in hot weather. The temperature in summer of Mysore ranges from 20 to 30 degree Celsius. And those who don’t have any problem with hot weather can visit in summer as well.
The rainfall in Mysore is from medium to heavy. But can be manageable. The rainy season is between Julys – September.
Winter (October – March) is the most recommended season to visit Mysore. And Mysore is famous to visit in winter only. The weather is very pleasant and welcoming in winter here.
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How to Reach Jaganmohan Palace
Jaganmohan Palace is located at the heart of the city.
By Air: If you are planning to reach here by air then, Bangalore International Airport is the nearest major airport to Mysore which is about 170km away.
By Bus: If you planning to reach here by road then, you can take the bus from Kempegowda Bus Station in Majestic (Near Bangalore City Railway Station) to Mysore. You can get many options of state transport as well as private tour operators.
By Train: Mysore is connected by rail throughout the region. The railway station is 2 KM from the city. You get many express trains from Bangalore. The distance from Bangalore to Mysore can be crossed in just three hours.
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