Ujjayanta Palace served as an abode to many past rulers of Tripura since it was built in 1901. Ujjayanta Palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic style with a Mughal inspired spacious garden and lake spread out infront. The two-storied high building in Agartala has three domes, each measuring 86 feet high. The interior of Ujjayanta Palace have beautiful tiles floor, carved wooden ceilings and doors. Ujjayanta Palace and its surroundings covered an area of 1 sq. km. and housed many Hindu temples.
Tripura claims to be one of the oldest Princely States of Ancient India. The historical chapter of the Royal line of Tripura, known as the Manikya dynasty, began during the reign of Maharaja Maha Manikya, who ascended the throne, being crowned in 1400 A.D., and was the first ruler who started his governance of the State under the Royal title of Manikya.
Ujjayanta Palace was originally built in the year 1862 by then king Ishan Chandra Manikya (1849-1862) and it was devastated by a massive earthquake in June 1897. After that Ujjayanta Palace was again built by Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya during 1899-1901 at a cost of 10 lakh rupees despite financial constraints.
The earlier royal palace of the Kingdom of Tripura was located at 10 km (6 mi) away from Agartala, which is now the tourist attraction site. However, the earlier palace was destroyed as a result of a devastating earthquake in 1897, and replaced with Ujjayanta Palace in the heart of Agartala city.
The architecture of Ujjayanta Palace costs a million rupees. The construction of Ujjayanta Palace was started in the year 1899, with the construction by Martin and Burn Company, and continued for two years until finally being completed in the year 1901.
Upon the merger of the Kingdom of Tripura with India in the year 1949, all the royal properties were nationalised. The main building along with the area of the palace was sold to the Government of Tripura during the period of Maharaja Radhakishor Manikya Bahadur and hence Ujjayanta Palace remained unoccupied for some time before beginning its role as the State Legislative Building of Agartala.
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