Reminiscent of the Chettinad Palace style of architecture, the rich historic design influence imbues The Leela Palace Chennai with a deep sense of tradition and hospitality.
It was in ancient times that the arrival of royalty was announced with the blowing of the Sringa and lighting of mashaals which represented prosperity and well-being, followed by entertainment at the main courtyard of palaces. Keeping in mind our ethos "Atithi Devo Bhava" - Guest is God, we aim to provide our guests an experience of a palatial welcome with this age-old tradition.
Lighting of the Mashaals
Every day at sunset, our palace comes to life in a ceremonial ritual that begins with the blowing of the Sringa, indicating that it is time to light the mashaals. Four elegantly dressed ladies encircle the water body of the main courtyard to light the mashaals in the water. This ritual is then followed by a symphony of Carnatic music skilfully performed with violin, mridangam, and tambura by our musical maestros on a stage that is fabricated at the centre of the water body, illuminated by mashaals.
Guests are invited to partake in this ceremonial ritual and experience a spectacle to behold!