Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (Ja-ya-la-kshmi Vi-laa-sa)

Me and my brother strayed into the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, during our morning walk on the edges of Kukkarahalli lake. The mansion built by the Maharaja of Mysore as a wedding gift to his sister in 1904, is on a hillock on the west side of the lake. It now belongs to Manasagangothri campus and houses a museum.

As we entered through the mansion's entrance, a guard's vague shouts welcomed us. He shouted at regular intervals and whistled, which echoed through the long corridors of the mansion either to keep away stray dogs or just to reiterate his presence. Sun's morning rays had just fallen on the east entrance which had a nice design of raising sun with radiating rays.


The mansion was renovated in 2001 with the help of Infosys foundation. It seemed to have regained it's original glory. After three years some paint has tarnished due to rain and negligence.

One interesting contrast is that the doors at the entrance are very simple and don't flow with the decorative architecture outside. Entrances on the each side are entirely different to others. The northern side which appears to be the main entrance has an extrusion on the stairs presumably as an alighting platform from cars and chariots. We sat there talking for sometime, till the sun rays reached the spot and we returned back to our original track.
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