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Jodha Bai Ka Mahal

Jodha Bai Ka Mahal is an excellent example of the fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The palace of Emperor Akbar's favorite queen-Jodha Bai, the place has distinct Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural patterns.

In contrast to other palaces in the fort, it is rather simple. Through the slits in the wall one can see the Taj. Jodha Bai's Palace (Jodha Bai was Akbar's Rajput queen) has the most distinctively Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural features. A better place to take photographs is further on.

Fatehpur Sikri had a wall on three sides with mne gateways and also had an artificial lake. The best examples of Akbar's buildings are found in Fatehpur Sikri. It was designed as a grand capital with schools, public buildings, palaces, and mosques interspersed with terraces and gardens. The architectural style of these buildings has Persian influence. There are many buildings of interest in this capital. The Jodha Bai Palace is complete in its design and its carved decoration resembles those of the Hindu temple architecture.

The architecture of the Palace of Jodha Bai is a fine specimen of fusion of Hindu and Muslim styles. Hawa Mahal is a room whose walls were made entirely of stone lattice work with a view to enable the ladies to watch the daily events in the palace.

Jodha Bai (Jodha Bai was Akbar's Rajput queen) has the most distinctively Gujarati and Rajasthani architectural features. A strong portal guards this place, which was the residence of Akbar's prominent queens. Also noteworthy are Mariam's Palace or Sunehra Makan (golden house), Palace of Birbal (one of Akbar's ministers notable for his witticisms) and a miniature garden.

Akbar, however, was born in India and did not live anywhere else. As a result, he knew the land and its people. When Akbar came to the throne in 1556, his kingdom did not stretch further than the Punjab and the Delhi region. His chief minister, Bairam Khan, guided the young king well, and Akbar soon began to conquer neighbouring kingdoms.

In 1561, He conquered Malwa. This opened up the rich lands of western India. The Rajput princes were powerful and militarily skilful. Akbar handled them diplomatically. He allowed them to keep their kingdoms, provided they acknowledged him as their overlord by paying tribute and supplying him with soldiers. He sealed such agreements by marriages with princesses of the Rajput royal clans. In fact, although he was a Muslim, he married a Hindu Rajput princess, Jodha Bai, sister of the then ruler of Jaipur Man Singh, and allowed her to worship in her own way in the palace. Jahangir was the son of Akbar and Jodhabai. Akbar showed no mercy to rulers who opposed him, and it required great courage to resist him. But once his authority was acknowledged, Akbar was just and generous to Hindus and Muslims alike. Akbar ended the taxes that Hindus had to pay when going on pilgrimage. He also abolished payments they had to make if they did not do military service. In this way, Akbar gradually won the cooperation of the Hindus, both rulers and people.

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