Photographer's Note

The Jahangir Mahal is one of the best-preserved monuments in Orchha. A view from the main courtyard inside can be seen in this It is one of the 50 or so palaces and forts built by Orchha’s most famous king, Bir Singh Ju Deo during his reign in the 17th century. It is Orchha's single most admired palace & was built as a monumental welcome present for the Mughal Emperor Jehangir when he paid a state visit in 1606 to present the Bir Singh with a sword, for having vanquished an old Mughal enemy.

The rulers of Orchha deftly adapted and experimented with the hybrid architectural style that was prevalent then. To them it was a political necessity (closeness to the Mughal rulers of Delhi), besides being a choice of style and a route to experimentation.

Jehangir Mahal, is airy and lighted since it has countless windows and pierced stone screens looking out over the skyline to the west, some of which can be seen on the second floor corridor to the left of centre.

One can see several typical elements of the Rajput style - the chhatris (domed rooftop pavilion) and chhajjas(a Mughal style angled roof eave), domes, chambers, walkways, and terraces. The palace walls were originally painted in cream color, with decorative blue tile and paintings.

This is a cropped view, where I wanted to highlight the latticed stone screens lining the corridor of the highest floor of the palace, as the mother in a pink sari with her baby were walking past them.

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Viewed: 1876
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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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