Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace to be renovated

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace to be renovated

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More than a century old Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace in Mysuru will be renovated to save the heritage structure from leakage. Renovation will be carried out by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) and a tender will soon be issued for carrying out the work. The palace is located inside the Manasagangothri, the PG campus of the University of Mysore (UoM). UoM has sanctioned Rs 6 crore for the renovation and the project is expected to be completed in 9 months time. The structure was last renovated 15 years ago with funds from the Infosys Foundation.

Built by Mysuru maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar for one of his sisters in 1905, the palace is in dilapidated condition. Poet laureate, Jnanpith awardee, Kuvempu, who was serving as the vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore in 1959, bought Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace for Rs 10 lakh. Since then, the palace is maintained by the varsity.

The mansion has 125 rooms, 300 windows, 287 exquisitely carved doors and it was spread across 6 acres. There are entrances on each side, different from each other. The entrance on the northern side has an extrusion on the stairs presumably to be used as alighting platform from cars and chariots. The mansion is chiefly built of brick and mortar, timber and iron. Stone was dispensed with considering the amount of delay it would have on construction if it were used. There are separated drainages for rain water and used water.