The Jaganmohan Palace was built during rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861, as an alternate retreat for the royal family. The Mysore Palace, which was the original home of the royal family, was burnt down in a fire and the construction of a new palace in its place was started in the year 1897. The Royal family lived in this palace till the construction of the new Amba Vilas Mysore Palace in 1912. The installation of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV took place in a pavilion inside the Jaganmohan Palace in 1902. The early convocations of the Mysore University were also held in this palace. The first session of the Legislative Council of the Mysore state was held here in July 1907. The Legislative Council was then called as the Representative Council and was presided over by the Diwan.
In 1915, the Jaganmohan palace was converted into an art gallery, which was later renamed in 1955 in the name of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, as the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. The main door of this strikingly Hindu style built Jaganmohan Palace is itself a master piece of Art with intricate carvings which is said to have been made in just 70 days. Two wooden displaying Dashavatara, the ten incarnations of the Hindu God, Vishnu is also present in the palace. The art gallery contains paintings exceeding 2000 in number and these belong to different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. It has one of the largest collections of artifacts in South India. The Art Gallery houses the prestigious collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a great artist of Thiruvananthapura, who had carried out an assignment for the Mysore Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1904.
Another important painting present here is the Lady with the lamp which was painted by the artist Haldenkar and is placed in a dark room where it is the only exhibit. This is to give an illusion that the glow of the lamp is illuminating the face of the woman. Exhibits here also include weapons of war, musical instruments, sculptures, brass-ware, antiques coins and currencies. Some other unique artifacts exhibited here is a French clock which has a mechanism in which a parade by miniature soldiers is displayed every hour; beating drums mark the seconds and a bugle marks the minute. Paintings made on a grain of rice which can be viewed only through a magnifier are also displayed here. Innumerable toys and Artifacts of various descriptions (like the French musical calendar and religious bells from Nepal) make a visit to this museum memorable.
Jaganmohan palace also has an auditorium which is used for traditional dance performances, music festivals and other cultural programs mainly during the period of Mysore Dasara.
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Timings08.30 am - 05.30 pm
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery Entry ChargesAdult Rs.25/-
Children (5-10yrs) Rs.10/-
How to Reach JaganMohan Palace Art GalleryJagan Mohan Palace is located right in the heart of Mysore city.