Saturday, 26 September 2015

Sakthan Thampuran Palace (1795 ) - Kerala -Dutch style building

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Shakthan Thampuran Palace.Thirussur,

Sakthan Thampuran Palace,  known as Vadakkekara Palace,  situated in the  city of Thrissur in Kerala state, India was built in  Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin and Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty). The palace is close to the Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur.

The two-storyed  elegant palace has a traditional Kerala  style Nālukettu and is characteristic of thick walls, high roof for free air circulation, large rooms, floors laid with fine marbles. The overall interior design of this palace is conducive to comfortable living conditions inside the palace regardless of external weather conditions.In the summer and in the winter, it is cozy and comfortable inside the palace. The rulers of Mysore stayed here at different points of time and this same place was occupied by Tipu Sultan of Mysore and his flag-mast is seen near the palace. There are tombs of ex-rulers in the vast lush garden surrounding the building.

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Ramavarma Thampuran ruled Kochi between AD 1790 and 1805. Saktan Thampuran is credited with the introduction of the Thrissur Pooram festival, an annual festival in May. This Hindu festival is the most popular one in Kerala.  During his reign, he maintained cordial relations with European powers including the English and also with rulers of neighboring regions like Mysore and  Travancore.

The Sakthan Thampuran palace also has a very ancient Serpent Grove,
very old Sarpakaavu which is a place for worshiping.
Shakthan Thampuran Palace is of Thrissur,  Kerala
the serpents. Located on the southern side of the Shakthan Palace is the Heritage Garden.

The palace is preserved by the Archaeological Department. In the year 2005, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace was converted into a Museum.