Royal outside… Desi inside !!!

Royal outside… Desi inside !!!

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Ever heard of the king THIBAW !!!

Thibaw palace is a state protected monument of Maharashtra. The palace is built using lateriate stone in lime morter and teakwood. Though the palace fairly looks royal outsite, I found it quite desi inside. As photography is stricltly prohibiated inside, the authorities could not stop me to capture those memories in my mind. The poptrait of the king placed at the hall clearly shows the humble and soft nature of the king though his eyes. The wooden architecture was included in roof and the stairs that gave quite a desi feeling to me. This is how our homes used to be years back, Cool, calm and desi !!! We install AC’s in our concrete made house to get rid of the scorching heat in summer. This palace need none.. It’s cool vivid atmosphere in addtion to its mesmerizing architecture and contruction makes you hard to leave the palace, to stop dreaming of building such a palace for self with so much of love, dedication and care.

Thibaw Palace is a very well known tourist attraction in Ratnagiri, Maharashatra. King Thibaw was the King of Burma, now called as Myanmar. King Thibaw had great respect for buddhism and monks. But his love for the religion was not blind, as he always welcomed suggestions from his courtiers and citizens for reforming religion and administration. Thibaw maintained welfare orientedness by creating code of conduct for his officers, publishing law books. He even spent the royal money for freeing slaves and for their rehablilation. King Thibaw revolted against the British in Burma after which the Britishers captured the king fearing him as a major obstacle in their profitable trade. The Britishers defeated King Thibaw on 28 Nov 1885. The Britishers had to take the king to india fearing the revolt from his loyal followers. He along with his family, was brought to Madras first and later to Ratnagiri. Initially King was accomodated in a rental Bunglow. Rs 1,25,000 was spent for the construction of the Palace. During the same process, King Thibaw built Buddha temple for religious purposes. The construction of the palace begun in 1906 and the king himself took keen interest in planning and execution of work, to which the british did not argue. The palace clearly influences Burmese Architecture within. The king inhabitated the palace in 1910. His wife, Su Paya Gale and the King himself,took their last breath in the same palace (25 Jan 1912 and 16 Dec 1916) Their toumbs are situated in Shivajinagar, Ratnagiri.

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