|Interior of Rajwade, Indore. www.shutterstock.com|
Among the monuments of Indore, the historical palace of the ruling class the Holkar Family called the Rajwada Palace is a living example and showcases how the town was once culturally rich and how the Holkers lived their royal life in tune with the prevailing time then, without losing their sensitivity to their aesthetic values and the deep-rooted Indian tradition. As many people may not be aware that the name of the city is derived from one of the famous temples of the region - "Indreshwar temple". Indore for long had been the seat of the Holkar dynasty.
|Rajwada Palace in Indore, India. en.wikipedia.org|
It dominates the skyline here, standing with royal grandeur and regal style. Surprisingly the structure, which is mainly a blend of Maratha and Mogul style of architecture, has two parts: one in the center of the city and the other in the old part. The part of the structure with cylindrical bastions at the four corners was constructed in 1766 and the southern part was rebuilt in the years 1811-1833 after a fire mishap.
|Rajwada palace,Indore city,beautiful balcony. www.alamy.com|
Visitors first encounter beautiful lofty archways with a sturdy
wooden door fixed with iron studs. The inner courtyard has a Ganesha temple and numerous Mogul-type balconies and windows. The galleried rooms and other features here catch our attention. Open and semi open areas in th building along with covered areas accentuated by aisles and arcades along with delicate niches, beautiful windows extoll the imagination of the designer and the talents of the skilled artisans, who were mostly Muslims who took refuge in Malwa and had built several monuments for the Holker family. Earlier they were with the Moguls.
|Stone Carved Pillars in Rajwada, interior view, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India..www.alamy.com|
The 7 story facade of carved stone and wood jails, jharokhas and chattries is presently under the control of the ASI and serious efforts are foot to preserve and restore this historical palace which also combines French style of building. However. restoration work has been going on for some time. The palace was damaged during the 1984 riots.
|Detailed Carving on one of the Pillars at Rajwada, interior view, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. www.alamy.com|