Swan Centrepiece

Public Durbar Hall


Swan Centrepiece

Swan Centrepiece at Public Darbar Hall

The new Durbar Hall (1938) of the Mysuru Palace is a part of the main palace enclosed on three sides and completely open on the eastern side. This hall is of a unique kind with magnificent proportions. Having a clear height of about 15.24 m. above ground level and hall measures 74.68 m long and 24.38 m wide without any intermediate pillars. The ceiling of the hall is adorned with the paintings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu (Dashavatara). The cnetral panel has the 12 signs of the Zodiac placed around the Hindu Trinity-Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The main frontage of the palace has nine arches, supported by ornamental pillars carrying a beautiful balcony without intermediate pillars.

King would host major ceremonial gatherings in this hall. Cool marble floor, through colonnades of cusped arches supported by intricate and elaborately painted columns. Row upon row, 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 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.

When illuminated by thousands of electric bulbs during the Dasara and other festive occasions, the Durbar Hall presents a feature hardly surpassed in beauty and grandeur by any other structure here or elsewhere.

Either side of the wall are two levels balconies painted in green. Invited kings guest would be seated. Tiered wooden floor to either sidewas reserved for members of the Kings court his closest advisers officially part of the durbar. Men would be seated according to protocol which determined by their direct relationship to the king.

Painted Ceilings on sheets of copper. Central panel is dedicated to the three supreme deities of the holy Hindu trinity. Four headed figure on the left is Brahma the creator with goddess of learning and the arts Saraswati. Ahead is blue-skinned Vishnu, the preserver the essence of all living beings. Lakshmi sits beside him she is the goddess of wealth love and luck. On the right is Shiva the god who destroys and transforms, shown with his wife Parvati and their two spms – Ganesh the elephant headed god and his brother Kartikaya. Closest is Chamundi the personal diety of the royal family. Small circle on the far end is Indra traveling on white elephant. Indra rules the heavens. He is the god of war and weather.