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Hawa Mahal - Jaipur

The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Wind is one landmark of Jaipur and a monument famous all over the world. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD. It is an inherent part of the City Palace and was a later addition. The Hawa Mahal was an extension of the ladies chamber, zenana standing away from the main complex. It was the last part of entire complex made for royal harem and guarded by battalion of sentries. The building was designed by Lal Chand Usta and dedicated it to Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. It is made of red and pink sandstone and the outlines of white border and motif's are painted of quick lime. It is one of the finest Hawa Mahal - Jaipurexamples of Rajput architecture and artistry. The Hawa Mahal provides a striking view of the city of Jaipur. The building was certainly was not meant for residential purposes. It lacks in ornamentation on the inner side of the building. The chambers are plain and more mass of pillars and passages leading to the top story. It does not seem to be part of the same building. It was probably conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions in the city without being seen by others. It was built at a time when royal ladies observed very strict purdah system. The palace, with its screened balconies, provided the ladies of the zenana (royal household) an opportunity to watch processions and other activities on the streets below without being observed themselves. The openings here are almost like peepholes, partially block by fine latticework in lime plaster, and some with plain wooden windows. The royal ladies not only enjoyed the view but also did so in great comfort and style The facade of the Hawa Mahal looks more like a delicate screen than a palace from the roadside. It is a five-storeyed, pyramid-shaped structure. It is made up of tiers one over another with 953 small casements. Each casement had a tiny lattice worked (Jali) pink windows, small balconies and curved roofs with hanging cornices. They were delicately sculptured and carved. These small windows circulate cool air even during hot months.

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