Maharaja’s damaged statue to be repaired soon

Jan 8, 2018

MYSURU: The statue of Mysuru Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar at the main junction abutting Mysuru Palace was found to be disfigured, with the crown adorning it damaged. The district administration was quick to attend to it, with DC D Randeep speaking to the authorities and instructing them to repair it.
Work has started and is expected to be completed in a couple of days.

The authorities approached city-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, who recently sculpted the statues of Mysuru Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar and national leader B R Ambedkar. Acting quickly, Arun managed to come up with the design, using Italian marble, and also fixed a broken piece.

The statue was installed in the 1950s, replacing a fountain at the site. The statue was sculpted by R P Kamath from Mumbai. The administrators built a canopy which is topped by a ribbed dome, with a hexagonal chhatri.

It recently came to light that part of the maharaja’s crown was damaged. Randeep immediately spoke to the authorities concerned and on Friday, inspected the statue and supervised the work. Arun Yogiraj is doing the repairs free of cost.

Randeep told TOI, “It was brought to our notice that a part of the statue was broken. We immediately brought this to the notice of Arun, who is an expert in the field. In just five to six days, he managed to come up with a replica.”

He said the statue may have been damaged during Dasara, while placing lights on the statue. “Experts are also telling us to avoid garlanding the statue during public events, as this may gradually change the the colour of the structure. We will take a call whether to give permission to put flowers,” he said, and appreciated Yogiraj’s gesture for his city.

I took five days to come up with this design. I had Italian marble in stock, which made things easy. It’s an honour to take up work related to the Maharaja. Thanks to the district administration for giving me an opportunity, added Yogiraj.