|Raja Mahal, Orchha
The royal residence of
erstwhile kings of Orchha, Raja Mahal is situated in Tikamgarh district,
Madhya Pradesh. Beautiful towers decorate the exterior of this magnificent
palace, and outstanding mural paintings adorn the interiors.
The palace houses two
rectangular courtyards, which follows the ancient Indian concept of the
mandapa. The most important feature inside the palace is the Diwan-i-Khaas,
which is widely admired for its fantastic motifs. A 17th century monument
that withstood the ravages of time is a worthy for a watch.
The Raja Mahal is a fine
example of Mughal architecture with typical stone jali (lattice) work and
multifaced arches at the entrance. The palace is in the shape of a perfect
square that is further divided into two courtyards. The main courtyard
is flanked by the palace which has a four-storeyed building at one end
The other three sides
have five-storeyed apartments. The Raja Mahalís facade is simplicity personified
with hardly any ornamental detailing, but the interiors house some splendid
paintings. The outer courtyard has some beautiful arches arranged in floral
patterns and carved out in lime mortar.
Work on the Raja Mahal
was started by Raja Rudra Pratap, but he died in 1531, leaving the construction
incomplete. His son, Bharti Chand, completed the front and the main portion
of the palace, but could not complete the building during his lifetime.
The final touches to the Raja Mahal were added by one of the most prominent
rulers of Orchha, Madhukar Shah built several other monuments in the town