Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shivappanayaka Palace

Took some time out to visit the Shivappanayaka Palace here in Shimoga.
Shivappa Nayaka (reigned 1645 - 1660), also known as Keladi Shivappa Nayaka, was a notable ruler of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom.

The Shivappa Nayaka Palace is located amidst the busy streets of Shimoga. The liberal use of wood for the construction of the palace renders a rustic look to it.

The open courtyard has octagonal wooden pillars and two flights of stairs. It is flanked by rooms on either side. The upper storey has two rooms and sixteen wooden pillars. It is said that the balcony of the palace was used to conduct durbars (court of a native ruler) when the king paid a visit to the town. Rajaram, the son of Maratha king Shivaji, is said to have taken refuge in this palace when he was attacked by Aurangzeb.

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Jnaneshwara said...

Hi Nanditha,
Thanks for posting this nice post. Its more than 10 years ago I visted this place. I will try to visit when i vist shinoga next time."Shivappa nayak was also known for his Discipline" .And you can also find a statue of shivappa nayaka near Gandhi bazar entrance.You I happened to take the photograph of his statue when i visted last time early this month.!

nanditha tm said...

Yes Jnaneshwara,
his government and collection of taxes were so sytematized that he came to be called 'Shistina Shivappa Nayaka'..

niveditha said...

I remember visiting the palace long ago.I remember the balcony where durbar used to take place and some remains of sculptures.

nanditha tm said...

Yes Nive, its same as before.Well maintained.