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Puthenmalika royal residence museums, most prominently known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a castle on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The Kuthira malika is a palace of the erstwhile Travancore kings, near to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It faces the Padmatheertham, the Holy Tank of the temple. The authority name of the castle is Puthen Malika. The building was left abandoned for a century, emulating the end of SwathiThirunal in 1846.We can find the innumerable horse faces carved on the woodwork of the facade from which it gets its name 'Kuthira(horse) Malika'. The royal family of Travancore have donated some collections of gifts received from monarchs from different parts of the world down the ages, but unfortunately these are not well-preserved or exhibited.

Kuthira Malika is a sample of customary Kerala building design, with its common place slanting tops, overhanging overhang, pillared verandahs and encased patios.  The castle is created out of teakwood, rosewood, marble, and stone. The top of the castle is made of wood and 42 bars help the cut examples. The top is backed by rock columns. Botanical themes spot the roof of the verandah. The fundamental 16 rooms of the castle are developed in 16 separate examples. Taking all things together, the royal residence holds 80 rooms, of which 20 were opened for guests in 1995. The floor inside the royal residence is made of egg whites, charcoal, and limestone, which make it cool and smooth even in hot climate conditions.

The royal residence accumulations incorporate 14 life-size Kathakali mannequins, Belgian and Italian mirrors, gem ceiling fixtures, depictions, a titan Belgian spear, deadly implements, musical instruments, customary furniture, a musical tree which handles 8 sounds on tapping, and different curios. On the right half of the mannequins are the ivory supports of different sizes. The castle has on presentation two illustrious thrones, one produced out of 24 elephant tusks (Dantasimhasana) and the other of Bohemian precious stone with the Tranvancore image "conch" enhancing the highest point of the backrest. The royal residence has an expansive gathering of symbols and figures produced out of white marble.

One of the rooms shows a dream picture of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich. The patio of Kuthira Malika is the venue for Swathi Sangeethotsavam , also called as Kuthira Malika Festival), a yearly music celebration honoring the legacy of Swathi Thirunal. This music celebration is directed from 6 to 12 January consistently. It draws in a number of the heading stalwarts of Carnatic and Hindustani established music.

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