WORK ON MYSURU PALACE’S KARIKALLU THOTTI IN FULL SWING
Context: H.H. Srikandatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation, Mysuru, has taken up the first major conservation of Amba Vilas Palace (Mysuru palace) with the restoration work of Karikallu Thotti, one of the portions of the original palace structure.
Karikallu Thotti, in the rear end of the main palace building, was in bad shape with a leaking roof.
- Mysore Palaceis a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in Karnataka.
- It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynastyand the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.
- The palace is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamundi Hills
- The land on which the palace now stands was originally known as puragiri(literally, citadel), and is now known as the Old Fort.
- Yadurayabuilt the first palace inside the Old Fort in the 14th century, which was demolished and constructed multiple times.
- The current structure was constructed between 1897 and 1912, after the Old Palace was burnt ablaze
- Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, with more than 6 million annual visitors.
- The architectural style of domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, with blends of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic
- It is a three-story stone structure with marble domes, and has a 145-foot five-story tower.
- The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The entrance gate and arch hold the emblem and coat of arms of the kingdom of Mysore, around which is written the kingdom’s motto in Sanskrit: “न बिभॆति कदाचन” (never terrified).
- The main complex is 245 Ft in length and 156 Ft in width.
- The palace has three entrances: the East Gate (the front gate, opened only during the Dasaraand for dignitaries), the South Entrance (for public), and the West Entrance (usually opened only during the Dasara).
- The government should engage people who are trained in conservation of heritage buildings in maintenance of the structures