Sunday, 6 August 2017

Inspiring Jahangiri Mahal inside Agra Fort

Jahangiri_Mahal, Agra Fort. Architecture Revived

Agra Fort: Jahangiri Mahal en.wikipedia.org/

Interior, Jahangiri  Mahal Agra Fort. India Travel and Touring Guide

The Agra Fort is a fine piece of Mogul architecture and ingenuity. Jahangiri Mahal inside the Agra Fort (Agra, utter Pradesh) is an amazing building that attracts a lot of visitors and it is the largest part of the fort. The Jahangir Mahal was the main place of stay called zenana  - palace exclusively for  royal women and, in this case, it was particularly used  by the Rajput wives of Akbar. It is a  mix of Hindu and Central Asian architecture. 

It is worthwhile mentioning that the Jahangiri Mahal is the only portion of the Fort walls, besides the Gates distinguished by the lovely ornamental work as one will  find  in the eastern facade. The architectural setting of the Jahangiri Mahal has different  components that bring out the essence of grandeur and beauty of Mogul architecture. Yet another feature is the exquisite surface ornamentation including marble inlay and intricate geometric and floral patterns. The large facade of the palace is most remarkable for its projecting portico whose lotus parapet is intricately well decorated

Jahangir mahal, The Hauz-i-Jahangiri  en.wikipedia.org/
Above image:  The Hauz-i-Jahangiri is made out of one single block of stone.  .................

An interesting feature one will find here is that of  a huge stone bowl called Hauz-i-Jahangiri which is ornate and delicately carved. It is made out of a single piece of stone. Considering the artistic work of this bowl, the artisans would have taken quite a bit  of time to finish it successfully.  This was used as a container for fragrant rose water.

Jahangiri palace interior. Karunesh's Blog
Built by the emperor Akbar in the 16th century, despite its name - Jahangiri Mahal, it is one  among the earliest surviving buildings  that came up during his reign. Jahangir  himself in his memoirs  admitted that these building were constructed by his father. Surprisingly he did not take any credit for Jahangir Mahal. Mogul Queen Nur Jahan, Jahangir's wife  enjoyed using this beautiful palace as her residence. Akbar built the Orcha palace for his son
Jahangir.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jahangiri_Mahal