Handover Lalitha Mahal to royal family
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Handover Lalitha Mahal to royal family

May 26, 2023


This refers to N.K.A. Ballal’s article titled “Is Lalitha Mahal Hotel going Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion way?” in Star of Mysore dated May 23.

 It is obvious that the Government cannot take care of our heritage. To the Government, it’s all politics and photo-ops. Hence, Lalitha Mahal Palace and Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion should be returned to the erstwhile royal family.

Let’s face reality. It belongs to them. They will definitely take care of it and make better use of it too. 

Pramoda Devi Wadiyar has already initiated many restoration works under ‘His Highness Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar (SDNR) Foundation’ and the iconic Rajendra Vilas Palace atop Chamundi Hill is one, the renovation works of which are in full swing and once completed, the structure will be run as a hotel like earlier.

I am amazed that our so-called Heritage Group is silent about the slow decay of the magnificent Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. They will wake up late and then protest with a loud voice to wake up the Government to do something and nothing will be done!

– George Rego, Mysuru, 24.5.2023

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ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Handover Lalitha Mahal to royal family”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    Yes I second Mr.Rego , more people should voice their opinion , that all the heritage mansions of the royal family in mysuru should be vacated and handed over to them and then they can be made into museums or leased out to private hotel groups to run small heritage hotels or beautiful restaurants .Just imagine if these mansions are restored how many more tourist attractions Mysuru will get.Like Air India if you are not able to maintain it, better to return it to the owners who will take good care of it.Waiting to see if Ministry of Culture GoI will sanction funds to restore these buildings.


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