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Bengaluru Palace: An excellence of Wodeyars’ architecture

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Mysuru Wodeyars have made significant contributions to the State. They were unique in their architecture. We witness excellence of Wodeyars’ architecture till date, and Bengaluru Palace is one among them.

The living quarters of the palace reflect a more traditional Hindu style of decor, connected to the rest of the building with a walkway. Pillars and archs dominate the interiors of the Bangalore Palace. Ornate cornices and patterned walls add to the lavish setting of the building’s rooms, along with luxurious chandeliers. The courtyard of the Maharaja features a fountain gifted by an erstwhile Spanish royal and a coloured tile bench boasting an art-deco design. The palace is also full of many elephant trophies as hunting was a favourite pastime of the old Wodeyars.

The Palace is home to many renowned 19th and 20th century paintings including those by Raja Ravi Varma, one of India’s most famous painters. There is a large collection of photographs that chronicle the different generations of the Wodeyar dynasty along with offering a glimpse into the evolution of Bangalore over the last century.

Landmark in the Palace

Apart from the beautiful works of art, the intricate architecture and photography collection, there are more attractions in the palace. A weighing chair for jockeys is one of the unique curiosities in the property. A Coat of Arms, which was gifted to the Wodeyars by the British, is also another attraction at the Palace.

One more interesting aspect of the palace is that it picturised in many movies and tv serials.

Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, and Iskcon are the near by places one can visit during Bengaluru Palace trip. It can be visited throughout the year.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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