Durbar Hall in Mysore Palace is of a unique kind with magnificent proportions. Having a clear height of about 15.24 m above ground level, the Durbar Hall measures at about 74.68 meters long and 24.38 meters. The ceiling of the Durbar Hall is adorned with the paintings of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu (Dashavatara). The central panel has the 12 signs of the Zodiac placed around the Hindu Trinity- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheswara.
The main frontage of the palace has nine arches, supported by ornamental pillars carrying a beautiful balcony without intermediate pillars. The Woodyer King would host major ceremonial gatherings in this hall.
The cool marble floor, through colonnades of cusped arches supported by intricate and elaborately painted columns attracted thousands of visitors of modern times. The row upon row is creating an illusion of infinite corridors. Paintings decorate the walls on the right. There are images of gods, portraits of royal family and scenes form the great Indian epic, the Ramayana each painting has its own uniquely carved frame, each one perfectly created to suite its own niche. Large mirrors on the far walls offer multiple reflections of whatever scene is unfolding amidst the never-ending columns, paintings, gods, temples and city skyline.
From this Durbar Hall one can have a panoramic view of the open yard consisting of lawns and fountains, towers of temples, the majestic Jayamarthanda Gate and in the horizon, a view of the famous Lalit Mahal Palace as well as the rugged, uneven contours of the Chamundi Hills.
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(Last Updated on : 28-05-2013)
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