History - Bangalore Palace

Heritage and culture have always flown freely in the veins of Bangalore along with contemporary significance. The historical monuments of Bangalore unfold a whole new world of historical, cultural, architectural, political, traditional and religious legacy and past of Karnataka. Bangalore Palace is one of the important historic monuments in Bengaluru.

The Bangalore Palace is an oxymoron of Tudor architecture in an Indian setting. Reverend Garret formerly owned this imposing mansion occupying an area of 45,000 sq. feet and housing the Bangalore Palace.

The Wodeyars used to own the palace till the demise of the king Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in 1970. In 1970, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar is said to have transferred the possession of the property to two companies promoted by a civil contractor by name Chamaraju, close to the corridors of power. These companies were known as Chamundi Hotels Pvt. Ltd. & Sree Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.. But on the given date the companies were yet to be incorporated and there was no sale deed either. It was a fraudulent transaction.

Maharaja's only son Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar instituted a civil suit against this deal. But the Maharaja died in 1974. The legal battle continued and in the mean time Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar gave 28 acres (110,000 m2) each to his five sisters namely Late Gayatri Devi, Meenakshi Devi, Kamakashi Devi, Indrakshi Devi and Vishalakshi Devi in 1983 along the Ramana Mahasrhi Road. They are in possession of their respective portion and many events like Rock shows, exhibitions, marriages, tennis, cricket, golf and horse academies are conducted in those portions. Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar ultimately compromised with the Chamaraju Group in the years 1990 and 1994, and got back his portion of the property including the Main Palace except 45 acres (180,000 m2), which the Chamaraju group still retains along the Jayamahal Road.

The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The wonderful door panel at the entrance leads to grand interiors of the palace. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The ground floor consists of an open courtyard containing granite seats covered with fluorescent blue ceramic tiles. Along with the courtyard is a ballroom, where private parties of the King used to be held. And in the first floor the foremost thing that comes into view is the Durbar Hall. The King used this hall for addressing the assembly. Its walls are ornamented with exquisite paintings and one of the wall has a set of windows that are decorated with stained glass.

The furniture, which was neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style, was bought from John Roberts and Lazarus. The stained glass and mirrors were specially imported from England. A manual lift and wooden fans from General Electric.

Courtesy: wikipedia