|Gun House, close to palace, Mysore. .inspirock.com|
Mysore city, Karnataka, South India, once the seat of power of the Wadiyar Royal family's dynasty, is an interesting place for the tourists. It is an important tourist destinations in India. This quiet city boasts of pretty old buildings that bring out the ethos of both brief colonial rule as well as that of the Indian royal family who got the kingdom back from the British after rendition. Around 1881 Maharajah Chamarajah X became the ruler and accordingly a British Resident and a Dewan to take care of the affairs of the administration were appointed. Till independence in August 1947, Mysore was a princely State within the British Indian Empire. The Wadiyar rulers were not content with a spectacular Mysore palace building and restrict themselves with their residence, but were instrumental in building many impressive structures outside the palace. Several of them going back to the last century take us back to an era when the Wadiyars were a force to reckon with.
|Mysore city. Maps of India|
|Gun House, close to palace, Mysore Times of India|
The Gun House, which is off Nanjanagud road, once housed
armory and cannons of erstwhile Maharaja's for defense purpose. Built in 1910, it was converted into a museum displaying guns, different types of armory, etc once used by the Maharajahs' military officials. Considering the proximity of the palace, the British soldiers who were assigned to defend the Maharajah of Mysore from attacks were in charge of the Gun House.
This small structure has become a neglected and run-down place that needs serious attention from the Government's heritage Department. Now, I understand, is closed to public. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/mysore/gun-house/ps51222621.cms