|Jodha Bai's Palace Fatehpur
Jodha Bai's Palace
Jodha Bai's palace is
the largest and most important part of Imperial Harem, having all facilities,
provisions and safeguards. The name Jodha Bai palace is a misnomer in itself.
It is most widely accepted that the building was for Raniwas or Zenani-Dyodhi.
The palace building consists of a rectangular block measuring 231'8"x215'
in dimension, with a single magnificent gateway on eastern side, which
was protected by guard rooms, having triangular ceiling and other apartments.
Several Hindu motifs have been used in the building, which confirms that
occupant of the building was a Hindu lady.
The palace of Jodha Bai or
the Rajput queen of Emperor Akbar, the Palace of Jodha Bai in Fatehpur
Sikri is one of the most charming examples of the amalgamation of the apparently
opposing architectural styles of the Rajputs and the Mughals. The palace,
which is located on the eastern side of the entirety of the fort, was used,
according to modern historians as a residence for the various queens of
Akbar as well as the other members of the harem. Corresponding to the style
used in Hindu architecture, the main palace has a courtyard, around which
the entirety of the palace is built. The living quarters are all built
after keeping the courtyard as the center of the complex. Added to the
brilliance of the red sandstone are the turquoise bricks, which are used
on the roofs of the buildings.
||Hindu motifs like hams
(swan), parrot, elephants, lotus, srivatsa mark, ghant mala etc are decorated
in the interior. The colonnaded dalan contains curvilinear square pillars
with beautiful moldings and extremely graceful brackets. The western suite,
which serves the purpose of temple, contains beautiful curvilinear pillars
with brackets. This suite contains vedikas and several Hindu motifs. The
super structure of the building is comprises of chhatris, chhaparkhats
with eight pillars, semi circular domes and triangular khaprel roofs, The
corner domes and khaprel roofs bears traces of arabesque designs in glazed
The beauty of the red
sand stone charms you the moment you step within the vicinity of the Fatehpur
Sikri while on a Tour to Uttar Pradesh. Elegance personified, the entirety
of the complex of Fatehpur Sikri is adorned with some of the finest elements
of the reign of the Mughals. Characteristic in its grandeur, which corresponds
to the regality of the Mughals, the entirety of Fatehpur Sikri is a definite
must include if you are planning a tour to Uttar Pradesh. Of the Monuments
in Fatehpur Sikri, perhaps one of the most notable is the Palace of Jodha
Bai, Fatehpur Sikri.