Latest #dasara Posts
- The private audience hall called #Ambavilasa is the most decorative of all the areas in the palace. This is where the #golden Throne of #Mysuru is positioned. It is unlikely that you would find the thrown in the hall unless you happened to visit the #palace during the days of #Dasara festival.
This rectangular hall has an intricately designed tinted glass ceiling. This illuminates the hall lavishly. This light play do wonders on the otherwise brightly painted pillared #DurbarHall.
On the floor , between the pillars are the embedded inlay work - #pietradura ( #Agra work, found in #tajmahal ). Various bright semiprecious stones are embedded on the marble flooring to create interesting motifs.
The ceiling around this portion has some massive and boldly executed woodwork in #teak.
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- A elephant carrying the #goldenhowdah, concerts in front of the Mysore palace, and Naada Kusti (traditional #wresting) are some of the main attractions of #MysoreDasara.
During the annual #Dasara festivities, wrestlers from inside and outside the #Mysore kingdom came to participate in the Naada Kusti competitions in front of the #DurbarHall of the palace. The #Maharaja of Mysore would witness the competitions and honour the winners. The #Vijayanagara kings made it a great sport by including it in the Dasara festivities. The Wodeyars continued with the tradition. Thus wrestling became synonymous with the city of Mysore.
The smell of fresh mud wafts across the stadium (above picture) as wrestlers grapple with each other to win the prized silver mace. As a Naada Kusti bout goes on in the #akhada, a cloud of dust rises and so does the adrenalin levels of frenzied fans of the pahalwan (wrestler) from their favourite #garadi (gymnasium). Nothing short of victory for their garadi will please them. #NaadaKusti is very popular among people of Mysuru.
Old-timers never tire of recounting how the Wodeyar ruler #RanadheeraKanteerava #NarasarajaWodeyar I (1638-1659) defeated an arrogant wrestler at #Tiruchi. First promoted by #RajaWodeyar in the 16th century, the popularity of Naada Kusti reached its peak during the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar in the first half of the 20th century.