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Jaganmohan Palace


Jaganmohan Palace was built during the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in the year 1861. The royal Palace was built as an alternative retreat for the royal family. As per history, the Mysore Palace was burnt down in a fire and a new palace was built in its place. Till then the royal family stayed in Jaganmohan Palace. In the year 1915, the palace was converted into art gallery which was named as Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.

The entrance of the palace is a majestic gate intricately carved and it is said that this main gate was crafted just in 70 days. There are two wooden piece displaying Dus Avataar, the 10 incarnations of Hindu God Vishnu. There are more than 2000 paintings painted in the styles of Indian, Mughal and Shantiniketan. The palace has the largest collection of artifacts in Southern India. It also houses the prestigious collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. Another beautiful painting present in the palace is “Lady with Lamp”, painted by the artist Haldenkar and is the only exhibit placed in the dark room. It is placed in the dark room to give visitors the illusion of a glowing lamp and illuminating face of the woman. Other exhibits present inside the Jagmohan Palace are weapons of war, musical instruments, sculptures, brass-ware, antiques coins and currencies.

Few other unique artifacts are a French clock with a mechanism in which a parade by miniature soldier is displayed at the strike of every hour. Another interesting thing to see at the Jaganmohan Palace is a painting made of rice grains that can be viewed only with the magnifier. Also on display are a French Musical Calender and bells from Nepal. With beautiful things on display, Jaganmohan Palace is indeed a place worth visiting during your stay in Mysore. Apart from the museum, the place also hosts traditional dance performances, music festivals and other cultural program during Mysore Dasara.

Best time to visit

Mysore enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year but September to March is the most favourable time for your visit.


The museum houses a French musical calendar and Bells from Nepal. The well known painting Lady with the Lamp is also on display here.


Jaganmohan Palace remains open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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