Tourist Places in Mysore | Jaganmohan Palace
Are you a history buff? Do you love living the history in present? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any one of the asked question then Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore must be on of your stops. Being one of the unique Mysore places to visit, this palace, initially used by Wodeyars, kings of Mysore, has been converted now into an art gallery and function hall. Constructed in 1861, during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, this palace holds very important historical significance, as well as, it is an example of the architectural splendors amongst all palaces in Mysore.
Situated in the heart of Mysore city, reaching Jaganmohan Palace takes about 5 minutes from Mysore City Bus Stand and about 9 minutes from Mysore Junction. This palace served as an alternate home to Mysore Royal Family from 1897 to 1912 as during the wedding of Chamaraja Wodeyar’s eldest daughter the Old Mysore Palace, being built with wood, burnt to ashes in a fire accident. This period of stay of Royal Family witnessed many important historical events outlined below
HISTORICAL EVENTS AT JAGANMOHAN PALACE
- A very important reason for this palace being one of the most fascinating tourist places in Mysore, is that it is decorated beautifully on Dussehra. The beauty of this palace in festive seasons outshines all the palaces in Mysore. Similarly during the stay of Royals the palace was used for holding daily durbar and a special Dussehra darbar.
- Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV was crowned in the year 1902 in this very palace.
- This palace witnessed the first meeting of the Legislative Council of Mysore in the year 1907.
- In 1915 this palace was converted into an art gallery and in 1955 was renamed Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in the name of HH Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar who converted the palace into a trust and opened it for public viewing.
ARCHITECTURAL BRILLIANCE OF JAGANMOHAN PALACE
- It is the architecture that truly makes this place one of the most beautiful Mysore places to visit. It boasts of a three storied architecture built in traditional Hindu style.
- In 1900, during the stay of Mysore Royals here, an additional front area, called facade, with a hall behind it were added which further enhanced the palace’s ambience.
- The facade has three entrances and these entrances depict religious themes with miniature temples carved on them.
- The interior of this palace displays eye gripping murals showing the royal family of Mysore along with murals showing Mysore Dussehra.
Now let us talk about the art collection of this palace which has fascinated art lovers from all over the globe to visit this huge imposing structure in the centre of the city making it truly one of the most visited tourist places in Mysore.
THE TALKING ART OF JAGANMOHAN PALACE ART GALLERY
Surprised at the phrase ‘Talking Art’ ? Well! It is true. One look at the awesome paintings and you will feel like that they are chatting with you.
- Almost all the paintings are by Ravi Raj Verma, the then famous painter of Mysore. The paintings depict scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana.
- The paintings, exceeding 2000 in number, display various styles like Mysore, Mughal etc.
- One very important attraction, making Jaganmohan Palace unique amongst the palaces of Mysore, is the painting named as Lady with the Lamp, painted by artist Haldenkar, which is a single exhibit in a dark room.
- Other prominent items on display are weapons of war, currencies, coins and brassware. A French Musical Clock and paintings made on a grain of rice are the other major attractions here.
- In 2003 a new hall was built here as the place was insufficient to display all the paintings.
- During festive season traditional dance performances and music festivals are held at the auditorium of this palace. This gives another reason to place this palace in the list of important Mysore places to visit, especially during the festive season.
JAGANMOHAN PALACE | ENTRY FEE AND TIMINGS
Great news is that this palace is in the list of tourist places in Mysore which are open all week long. Timings are from 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM. Entry fee is Rs.10/- for children aged from 5 to 10 years and Rs.20/- for adults. Taking photographs is prohibited in the palace premises.