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April 13, 2018

Bangalore Palace- Losing its significance

Introduction

Bangalore Palace is one of the most eye-catching and elegant palaces present in the city. The Palace originally belonged to Reverend J Garrett, who was the first school principal of the Central High School in the cantonment town, now known as the Central College. Garrett is said to have commenced the construction of the Palace.

Later, the Bangalore Palace was purchased by the British Guardians of Maharaja Charmendra Wadiyar X who used his accumulated funds to buy the palace. The construction of the palace building was started in 1874 and many additions and improvements were carried out before it got completed in 1878.

Art and Architecture of the Palace

Bangalore Palace is built in Tudor style architecture and has fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The palace resembles Windsor Castle in England. It is a beautiful scenic tourist spot with a majestic castle-like structure surrounded by lush green environs. The complex of the palace is spread over an area of 454 acres. The interior of the palace has motifs, cornices, and wooden carvings on it and many physical elements inside are imported from Britain. There are mythological impressions and intricate floral designs inside the palace. Ganda Bherunda, a mythological two-headed bird, is placed in the centre of the palace. It is basically a mythological animal which has features of both the elephant and the lion and symbolises royalty and power.

There are various renowned 19th and 20th century paintings of famous painters that chronicle different generations of the powerful Wadiyar Dynasty. Some of the paintings offer a glimpse of the evolution of Bangalore over the centuries.

The current scenario

Bangalore Palace has been entangled in legal battles and has witnessed a change in ownership over the years. The palace was opened to the public in 2005 and is currently under the ownership of the descendant of the Mysore Royal Family, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. It is alleged that HH Jayachamarajendra Wadeyar transferred the possession of the palace to two companies promoted by a civil contractor Chamaraju, but the deal was considered as a fraudulent transaction and Maharaja’s son Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar filed a civil suit and later gave 28 acres to each of his five sisters.

The Government of Karnataka also made various attempts to confiscate the property under the Land Acquisition Act 1894 and Urban Land (ceiling and regulation) Act 1976 but the attempt was an unsuccessful one. Now, this dispute is pending before the Supreme Court of India as it needs constitutional issues like whether material resources of the community under Article 39(b) of the Indian Constitution covers what is privately owned. It also awaits a decision by a nine-Judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court.

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