April 27, 2015

Wooden Carvings at Karanji Mansion - Post cards

A set of 23 post cards was released recently by Karnataka postal circle on the Wooden Carvings at Karanji Mansion Postal training centre, Mysuru.The set is priced at Rs.100/-

 Karanji Mansion:  The royal family of Mysore Maharajas constructed “Karanji Mansion" in the year 1902. After Independence it was purchased by the Postal Department in 1964.Postal Training Centre is functioning in this building since 1965.

The building commands a vast setting and a view of Karanji Lake. The elevation is remarkable for highly ornate features and painstakingly executed embellishments - a variety of cusped arches and sun-shades, stone-hewn balconies, each resting on a lotus base, intricately carved stone columns, brackets and parapet merlons. A rich mix of Saracenic and Hindu elements, each somewhat overdone but all of them combining to produce a balanced and quaintly pleasing elevation. A Section of the Mansion show subtly varying stylistic features. The wing on the left is predominantly Rajasthani, with its lotus-based and curvilinear-chhajjaed balconies, while the entrance-porch block has dominant shades of the Saracenic - the slender- pillared twin arches, domicals and the Moorish lancet-windows. "Karanji Mansion" building has completed 100 years of it construction in the year 2014

Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

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