City Palace, Jaipur

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Jaleb Chowk, Opp Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

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ABOUT

Located in the heart of the Pink City Jaipur, the City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. The palace is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur and has many courtyards and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. The urban layout of the city of Jaipur was commissioned to architects Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and  Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. They went on to design the City Palace in accordance with the Vastushastra texts.

 

ARCHITECTURE

The City Palace reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles although the palace was designed to Vastushastra treatise. Some of the famous gates are the 'Udai Pol', 'Jaleb Chowk', 'Tripolia Gate' and 'Virendra Pol', which also happen to be the various entrances to the palace. These are all richly decorated. The Palace has been designed according to a 'grid style' and houses various structures such as, 'Chandra Mahal', 'Mubarak Mahal', 'Diwan-I-Khas' and the 'Govind Dev Ji Temple. The walls and gates are ornately designed to Mughal style, with various murals, lattice and mirrors adorning them from sides.

The indigenous conception of a palace involves a sequence of enclosures of increasing impenetrability from public outer sphere to inner apartments of the king and queens. The enclosures are visualized as concentric zones and each is marked by its own boundary wall.

Here in the City Palace the courtyards are arranged in a linear series. The sense of progressing towards a protected centre is maintained and the visitor approaching from the main eastern entrance still passes through a sequence of seven gates.

The order or the style of architecture reflected here is of a regional character. Asymmetry and greater compactness of masses was the feature of that period which is reflected in the architecture of City Palace.

 

DIWAN E AAM

After entering from Udai pol gate and crossing 5 gates more you can reach to the Diwan-e-Aam which is called Hall of public.

In Diwan-e-Aam public meetings and gatherings are held. Diwan-e-Aam is a large assembly or a Darbar hall which is built on a bandstand.

It is open from three sides and surrounded by verandas. In back side wall there is 2 floors gallery which was closed by lattice curtains. Traditionally ordered cultures of rich Rajasthani essence & wooden doors polished golden & skinned with metal & wall mural patterns fuses the whole design back to rajasthani culture. Richly decorated ceiling with triangular cut in the stone again strive to give a Mughal order to the building whereas on the other hand, color & simple mirror pieces used defend it back to the Rajputana style.

 

DIWAN E KHAS

Diwan-e-Khas or Sarvatobhadra was a private audience hall of the king of Jaipur. Where king consult with their ministers. This magnificent gathering building is square. It is a marble floored hall located between the armory and the art gallery.

In the hall there are two huge sterling silver vessels "Kalash" of 1.6 meters height and each with capacity of 4000 liters and weighting 340 kg each display in Diwan-e-Khas. They are officially recorded by the Guinness book of world records as the world's largest sterling silver vessels.

 

MUBARAK MAHAL

The design of Mubaraka Mahal is extravagantly carved by fusing rajputana, shilpshastra,European & the Mughal style of architecture.

The jalis & Roshandans falling in the typical Rajputana style of architecture. The roshandans are embedded with colored glasses & wall murals plastered with a paste comprising of Lime, Surkhi & Jaggery peculiar to the rajasthani style of architecture.

The curving stone at the uppder edge of the interior & few arches distinguish some of them falling in the Mughal style of architecture while others fused with the European style of holdings.

 

CHANDRA MAHAL

It is the most commanding building of the city palace  & has a flag of the royal family seen on the top.

It has 7 floors & each floor is given a specific name. It contains many unique paintings, Murals on the walls, & floral decorations. There is a beautiful peacock gate at the entry to the Mahal.

Today, 'Chandra Mahal' has been turned into a museum which is home to unique handcrafted products, various uniforms of the rulers and many more things pertaining to the royal heritage of the City Palace. 

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