Monday, May 3, 2010

Datia Palace

This 16th century palace is popularly known as Govind Palace or Jehangir Palace. The palace is built using the Bundela style of architecture, which is a blend of the Mughal and Rajput architecture. The arched openings, brackets and dome is characteristic of the Mughal architecture, while the lotus petals and use of animal sculpture and avian painting are symbols of the Rajput architecture.



In the central courtyard there is a five-story structure with apartments for the royal family. It is connected by bridge corridors to the middle of each side. The facades are decorated with bracketed balconies, arcades and wide eaves which create a glorious play of light and shade.



It is the representative of one of the finest architectures of the Bundela period. The place is decorated the Bundela mural paintings. It is impressive architecturally and has nice mural painted on the walls.



Ceilings are intricately decorated. These murals have withstood the test of time.

From Datia we proceeded to Jhansi

Distance: Datia ---> Jhansi 34kms

51 comments:

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Beautiful shots of a place heavy with memories of the past.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Love those murals on the ceilings.

Zuzana said...

That is beautiful. The last picture shows off some stunning mural decorations.
Always a pleasure to take trips around India with you.:)
xo

joo said...

Amazing place, I love especially the middle photo.

sm said...

nice pics

V Rakesh said...

Marvelous pieces of history! Thanks for showcasing these wonders! Their likes can never be created anymore, and can only be savoured!

joshi daniel said...

you have covered a lot of places in India! so nice to know about these places!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

The place looks so rich!!!

With Peacocks in Viralimalai
A Bridesmaid in Saree

Carver said...

That's a beautiful and interesting palace.

Sylvia K said...

Another gorgeous place and marvelous photos! Love the intricate art work in the ceiling! Great post, as always, Rajesh! Have a terrific week!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

That is one extraordinary place!

ewok1993 said...

another fascinating post about a fascinating temple. i wonder if the govt/or somebody made a tally of how many temples there are all over india.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Another gorgeous post!!

What about Ephesus? Blogtrotter Two has it... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!!

George said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful palace with us. Your pictures are gorgeous.

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Thanks for sharing the wonderful architecture from this palace, nicely shown.

diane said...

It is remarkably well kept. Lovely architecture.

magiceye said...

wonderful

Wolynski said...

I take it the royal family doesn't live there anymore. All these amazing places exist for tourism now.

Ann said...

It never ceases me to admire how clever the architects were at that time.

Pam said...

The ceiling murals are beautiful and a wonderful reminder of the artistry of the past.
Have a lovely week, Rajesh.

Indrani said...

Amazing place!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

incredible as always
~laura

Evelyn said...

Amazing post as always. Thanks for sharing.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very nice, it is amazing that they are still standing and still so beautiful. Nice shots.
Darryl and Ruth : )

Gattina said...

Your architecture is so different from ours and so beautiful !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful cathedral and interesting examples of architecture.

JOE TODD said...

Love those murals

Lady Fi said...

I'd love to have those murals on my ceiling at home!

Marites said...

great shots and am quite impressed how you've gone to so many places in India. I really like the 2nd pic.

photowannabe said...

Very impressive palace and mural paintings. great post for the letter P.

Hildred and Charles said...

Splendid architecture, representing so much history. A beautiful post.

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful!

Roger Owen Green said...

Magnificent masterpiece.
WV: kingen - fit for royalty
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Eden said...

Hello, Rajesh!

Great shots and information. Thanks for sharing your beautiful side of the world. Really love it.

RuneE said...

India has much to be proud of, and so have you. Especially that second photo.

Anya said...

Wonderful places
its so beautiful there :)))
Wow!!

Arasu said...

Great photos.Though they are old ,the architects have cleverly built the palace.The decorations in the ceiling really looks artistic.

jabblog said...

What a huge place - it must have been very confusing to live there. The murals are wonderful - such detailed work.

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow, those structures and buildings still overwhelm me. They are intricately done. Happy weekdays!

ABC Wednesday~P

jay said...

That certainly is a rather wonderful building, beautifully painted, too!

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Anna said...

Painting and Palace! Great p-words and nice shots.
Best wishes,
Anna
http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/05/p-as-in-pearls-abc-wednesday-round-6-p.html

Carol said...

Beautiful photos and architecture!

*♥Shydub♥* said...

Nice entry for P. That palace is sure looks quiet.

Johnny Nutcase said...

your posts are always so interesting, thanks for sharing this place!

Rajesh said...

KDP, Kirigalpoththa, sm, Joo, Rakesh, Bhushavali, Carver, Sandy, Trotter, George, J Bar, Fishing Guy, Diane, Deepak: Thanks for the appreciation.

Zuzana, Pam, Joe, Lady Fi, Janice, photowanable: Thanks, this palace is famous for its mural paintings.

Ann, Indrani, Ruth, Evelyn, Sallie, Gattina, Charles, Tumblewords, Roger, Eden, Anya, RuneE, Arasu, Kim, Jay, Anna, Cariol, Shydub, Johnny: Thanks for the appreciation.

ewok1993: Thanks, Most of the places which are heritage sights are under the control of Govt. body ASI.

Wolynski: Thanks, the royal family dose not stay here.

Joshi, Marites: Thanks, I love traveling across India.

Wren said...

So beautiful! I didn't know the name of the architecture style, and I am delighted to see more of a beautiful country.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Lovely pictures and thanks for the informative article.
So much to see in our own country

Rajesh said...

Wren: Thanks for the appreciation.

Raji: Thanks. Yes there is so much to discover in India.

flowergirl said...

Lovely! reminds me of the Suraj Mahal that is in Rajasthan...

http://madraswanderer.blogspot.com/2009/03/suraj-mal-and-2000-fountains.html

Rajesh said...

flowegirl: Thanks for the appreciation.