Thursday, April 12, 2012

Diwan-i-khas, Fathepur Sikri

Diwan-i-khas or Hall of Private Audience is located in the northeast corner of the royal complex, Fathepur Sikri.

It is a red sand stone square symmetrical building measuring 13.18 m on each side. The building has minimal decorations on the exterior with windows filled with a perforated stone screen. At the top there are four beautiful chatris one at each corner. They are octagonal in shape and have a circular dome with an inverted lotus on the top.

But, the central pillar of the building is very ornamental with intricate carvings on it. The pillar has a square base and an octagonal shaft, both carved with bands of geometric and floral designs.

The pillar has thirty-six serpentine brackets that support a circular platform at the top and it is connected to each corner of the building, by four stone walkways. There are various designs even on the stone pathways.

52 comments:

Cloudia said...

What a treasure, R !


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Rajyalakshmi Vathyam said...

Lovely images. The intricate sculpting is a master piece in diwan-ae-khas! A favorite place of mine to see anytime of the year.

chitra said...

lovely snaps..i wish to go there

chitra said...

lovely snaps..i wish to go there

Bibi said...

I have been here, too, and it is so hauntingly beautiful.

Lowell said...

At first glance it looks rather unadorned and simple, but soon realize that's not the case. What beautiful red sandstone!

I was reading an article last night about golf in India and how it's still mainly a sport for the very rich and how there are very few courses in the land, and I thought that's very sad...I hope that can change soon so that everyone gets a chance to become involved in learning how to play golf.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

nice pictures...

Jeevan said...

wow! marvelous construction and awesome decorations inside.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautifully photographed, The second one with the Pillar is something great.

ladyfi said...

That pillar is amazing.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Amazing structure as always! The pale skies are the perfect backdrop, Rajesh! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

HansHB said...

Great shot!
Happy SkyWatch to you!

Steffi said...

Very interesting photos,Rajesh.I learn every week more about India!Thank you and have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

The ornamentation on the pillar is wonderful.

Pearl Maple said...

Thanks for sharing your photo jouranals with Sky Watch Friday,always something interesting to see.

joo said...

Splendid pillar - the ornaments are simply awesome!

Gary said...

Not only is the structire imposing, but the carveings are incredible!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Leovi said...

I love these photos, great architectural work.

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Al said...

Great shots, buildings like that were made to impress!

anney said...

Gorgeous! I love the intricate carvings!

Abhinav said...

That pillar and its carvings are amazing !

Pietro said...

Fantastic pillar, wonderful intricate decorations indeed.
Nice shots, Rajesh!

sceneoftranquility said...

this building is a work of art.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful -- the intricate pillars and floral designs are just amazing.

Rizalenio said...

Spectacular details on that pillar. Jawdropping! :

Ruby said...

Fathepur sikri is one of my most favorite places in India - very vast palace of Akbar.

Krishna said...

nice info with photos

thanks for sharing

joshidaniel.com said...

beautiful and nicely framed :)

Sujatha Sathya said...

gorgeous!

momto8 said...

wow..how very cool! i would love to go there!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotografias....
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R Sudhir Kumar said...

The last pic is absolutely marvelous! I missed this is in the came campus of Salim Chisit's Darga?

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Lovely red sandstone architecture & ornamentation. Breathtakingly beautiful.

ladyfi said...

Amazing architectural features!

shooting star said...

i have yet to visit fateh pur sikri...lovely images!!!

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Kim, USA said...

Wow this is amazingly beautiful. How they built this is beyond me. Love it!

SWF

Kelly said...

I find the symmetry of this building to be very satisfying.

Cassie said...

What wonderful photos. The architecture is amazing.

Joan said...

Beautiful work!
I love the perspective with the first shot.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wonderful, intricate detail on the pillar! So much time must have been spent creating it! Incredible!

RNSANE said...

This is just beautiful, Rajesh...very intricate carvings.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

This is absolutely....phenomenal!!! I always enjoy visiting you for your Shadow Shots. So very unique and quite cultural.

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chubskulit said...

Beautiful details! Thanks for your beautiful contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Come see the shadow. Have a blessed Sunday!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the wonderful craftsmanship.

Vishal Rathod said...

Nice Architecture . Would love to visit this place .

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Sugato Tripathy said...

nice architecture..especially the central pillar...nice snap too

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JK said...

Wow, that is really intricate carvings. And you've captured it well.

indu chhibber said...

It is very impressive because it is so simytrical.

sunil arya said...

amazing.....

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this wonderful place.