Monday, November 22, 2010

Shivappa Nayaka Palace, Shimoga

In Shimoga (State: Karnataka) the fort originally had occupied around 200 acres of land. Of which now only 10 acres of land is occupied by fort area. Even though I could not see any fort walls, I did see a 16th century palace built by ruler Shivappa Nayak of Keladi Dynasty. This beautiful palace is situated on the banks of river Tunga in the old city.

This was much larger structure, of which currently only the Durbar Hall survives the ravages of the war against Bahmani Kings. The Durbar Hall is built with wooden pillars giving an elevation of almost twenty feet from the ground level.

The carved pillars and artificial roofs is made of teak and rosewood. The roof of the palace is covered with Mangalore tiles. The wooden staircase leads up to the first floor. And there is a projected wooden balcony in the central part.
There are beautiful floral carvings on the pillars and arches between the pillars.




The architecture of the palace is Indo-Saracenic where one can see elements of Rajput, Islamic styles. Today, this palace also serves as a museum for Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The palace is maintained by ASI and as of today no charge or ticket for visiting this elegant palace.

66 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Absolutely marvelous!

Ash said...

Awesome shots. Great detail on the arches and pillars.

Team G Square said...

nice info .

roughterrain crane said...

The shape of pillars are really cool.

joo said...

I love these carvings! They're so beautiful!

pietrzyk said...

Interesting post and fotos.Greetings Andrzej.

Denise said...

Magnificent, the carvings are so beautiful and I have enjoyed learning today. Thank you very much.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Interesting and beautiful architecture as always :)

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Sylvia K said...

Superb captures as always, wonderful history and detail!! Thank you, Rajesh, for such a terrific visit to your world! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

LadyFi said...

The pillars and architecture are amazing!

ewok1993 said...

the architectural details are so ornate and one can spend hours enjoying them.

aka Penelope said...

It is so nice when museums and monuments are free to the public and sad when wars destroy great structures and works of art. Thank you for sharing this fascinating part of the world. :)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Raj :))
le posto del tuo mondo sono sempre meravilgiose... grandi i fregi !
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

Traveling Hawk said...

This is also a wonderful place! India has so many great places but I will visit now only Rajahstan. May be some other time...

Life Ramblings said...

an interesting post and lovely architecture.

Kay L. Davies said...

You have made all of India your world, Rajesh, and have brought it to us through your wonderful photographs. Thank you!
-- K

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Leovi said...

Beautiful design with these delicate flowers, a magnificent building.

Carver said...

It is interesting how the different styles are combined. Very beautiful place.

Arija said...

A lovely airy place for the maharaja to entertain guests or just sit and enjoy the breeze.

Beautidul photos.

George said...

The wood of this palace is very richly-colored and elegant. This is a wonderful palace.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Compared to the temples, there aren't so many palaces here in India!!!
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kavita said...

The wood carvings are brilliant.The fort reminds me of royal palace of king of Nepal.Good that it is maintained by ASI.

Mama Zen said...

Such lovely carving!

magiceye said...

classic images!

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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Indrani said...

I hope it will be maintained well. Thanks for sharing the shots.

alicesg said...

The arches are so beautifully crafted and built.

joshi daniel said...

the palace looks very beautiful and different!

Lisa Petrarca said...

Very interesting...I love getting to travel via blogs like yours. I'm now a follower! Thanks for stopping by my Blog!

anu said...

Nice Article very useful for me.Thank you

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World Tuesday posting
Wonderful places and photos

Have a nice week,
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indicaspecies said...

Is it close to Jog Falls?

Wren said...

Lovely building, with such great attention to detail!

Joe Todd said...

Love those intricate carvings

YOSEE said...

What marvelous woodwork !

Cezar and Léia said...

Super set of shots!
The last one has adorable details!
Léia

sophie said...

I looove India!! I spent the most wonderful time of my life there!!! nice pictures!!!

Lakshmi said...

A beautiful palace, isnt it..was surprised to learn that it was used as a saw mill before the ASI took it over..have a post on that on my blog.

RNSANE said...

Well, Rajesh, it goes without saying how much I enjoyed this wonderful visit to India. Seeing this special place brightened my very rainy California Tuesday. Thank you so much for showing me another treasure of the home of my heart.

Tumblewords: said...

So very interesting!!

flutietootie said...

Very pretty. I like the facts you included with your photos.

Pratibha The Talent said...

very informative , beautifully captured and written.

Sumandebray said...

Quite an interesting piece of hertage!

Eden said...

Beautiful shapes of the pillars. Great shots as always, Rajesh. Have a nice day always.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Marvelous monument, excellent shot.

Pietro said...

Amazing architecture in these nice pictures! Really interesting.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Impressive palace!!

The most magnificent temple of Ancient Egypt is on Blogtrotter Two waiting to be seen!! Enjoy and have a great week!

Rajesh said...

Traveling Hawk: You can check out this space for information on Rajasthan. It will help you to plan your travel.

Celine: From Shimoga, the Jog Falls is 100kms.

Thanks to all appreciating this place.

Kim, USA said...

Wow I could imagine how they work hard with this. Very beautiful!
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Eds said...

Very informative entry! tnx

chubskulit said...

Very nice bits of info..

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Liz said...

Beautiful! I can see the splashes of Yellow.

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Lawstude said...

wow. truly a beautiful place to visit. i would have the time of my life there.

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Good shot. The place looks interesting. Than ks for sharing some info about it

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Life Moto said...

like I travel to time and space again. great they preserve this place.

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Rajesh said...

Thanks to all appreciating this place.

Gunn said...

Impressive !!:)
Wow, this is a really beautiful place!

Arti said...

This is so beautiful... Loved the carvings.

Nethra said...

It looks like Tippu Sultan Palace that's near KR Market at Bangalore, doesn't it?

Geeta Singh said...

beautiful carving :)

Deguide said...

Most of the wooden palace have similar shape and design Rajesh

Shrinidhi Hande said...

I've not been to this place though I've been to Shimoga many times. On my list next time

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all appreciating this place.

Netra: Yes, it similar to Tippu palace in Bangalore.

Apala said...

eloquent write up!!! keep traveling, keep writing.....

Gillena Cox said...

great sharing; have a nice Thursday

much love

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Wonderful woodwork - beats cement any day!! YAM xx