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Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery


Jaganmohan Palace, built in the year 1861 by King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III is a palace in Mysore, which was in the first place used by the Wodeyars, the kings of Mysore as their home. In the year 1915, the three-storied palace was transformed into an art gallery and was later renamed as Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.

It has one of the most exorbitant collections of antiques of South India, which comprise mainly of paintings with extensive work of Raja Ravi Varma with depictions of Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are around 2000 compositions of various artists that are assembled in the gallery representing the craftsmanship of Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar himself donated 16 compositions of Raja Ravi Varma to the art gallery. One can find the works of Nikolai Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich and Rabindranath Tagore at the gallery. The only paintings of war are the ones by British Officer Col. Scot between Tipu Sultan and British Army, which in 1950 was shifted to Srirangapatna. The third floor of Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery exhibits the rich collection of paintings of reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.

Weapons of war, sculptures, brassware, musical instruments, brassware, antique coins and currencies, French Clock and paintings made on grain of rice are some of the other artefacts on display. Due to insufficient space to put on show all the antiques, an extended hall was constructed in the year 2003. Almost 100 compositions of Raja Ravi Varma are restored in Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery by the Regional Conservation Laboratory.

Best time to visit

Although, Mysore enjoys a pleasant climate all through the year but, September to March is the most favourable time for the visit. This period covers almost the whole of winters.


Lady with the lamp, a work by Haldenkar is considered to be an invaluable work of art and is placed in a dark room to give an illusion of a woman, whose face is brightened with the light of the lamp.


Timings to visit the art gallery are from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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