The Jai Vilas Palace has been the home of one of the top five princely families of India. The Palace has been the site of various important functions and ceremonies from it's inauguration till today.
The FoundationThe Scindias were one of the five most powerful and prosperous dynasties of India, they established their direct and indirect rule over substantial part of India. The Jai Vilas Palace was built by Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia (ruled 1843-1886) as his western style residence. The Jai Vilas is one of the grandest of India’s palaces inspired by European architectural styles and was built as a modern alternative to the old Hindu and Islamic palaces contained within the Gwalior hill-fort. It is said apart from the fact that Maharaja Scindia wanted a new western style residence it was constructed to celebrate a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876. It was designed by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Michael Filose in a classicallyinspired style incorporating Doric, Tuscan, Corinthian and Palladian elements, and was built of sandstone painted white.
when two royalties meetOn October 26 1921, Edward, Prince of Wales left Portsmouth to begin a tour of the Indian Subcontinent and Japan that covered 41,000 miles, lasting 8 months. Prince Edward spent four months in India, travelling from Bombay to Calcutta and then from Madras to Karachi. He visited Gwalior state of the Scindias and Jai Vilas Palace too.
From Mahadji to MadhavraoOn March 10, 1945, when Yuvraj Madhavrao Scindia was born in Bombay Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia arranged for a special train to take the new Prince back to Gwalior. The train steamed into the Jai Vilas Palace by the railway siding from Gwalior station. The palace was lit up, later when HH Madhavrao was going to be married his baraat returned from Delhi to Jai Vilas Palace by the same siding train that had brought Yuvraj Madhavrao to the palace as a baby.
The makers of modern IndiaSardar Vallabhbhai Patel the “Iron Man of India” at the Jai Vilas Palace with HH Maharaja Sir
Jiwajirao Scindia the king known for his enormous monetary donation to the Indian government more than any other princely state had donated and who was much admired by V.P. Menon the close assistant of Sardar Patel during his mission of integration of Indian States for his role in promoting Indian unity, Menon mentions the first anouncedment of accession to the Union of India was made by the Maharaja of Gwalior through his diwan M.A. Srinivasan . Maharaja Jiwajirao donated the portrait of Sardar Patel to the Indian parliament he mentioned that `` Here is the man whom I once hated, Here is the man whom I was later afraid. Here is the man whom I admire and love.``