Interesting Facts About Hawa Mahal In Jaipur

March 2, 2023 - PRLog -- The very sound of the word 'Rajasthan' conjures up images of camels, endless deserts, and rolling dunes as far as the eyes can see. But Rajasthan has a lot more to offer than just deserts and camels. It's an impressive place in India that showcases the grandeur of architectural marvels of the bygone Rajput era. This vibrant Indian state often described as the 'Land of Maharajas', gleams with its architectural richness and regal heritage in the form of royal palaces, glorious monuments, and historic forts. Among them, you won't want to miss the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur whose striking architecture, featuring pink latticed windows and balconies stuns. Constructed with stunning pink and red sandstone, it's a true reflection of a splendid fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture.

The "Palace of Breeze"

The word Hawa Mahal literally translates to "Palace of Breeze" or "Palace of Wind". The palace always remains windy inside, owing to its numerous windows (jharokhas). Hawa Mahal is named so due to this amazing ventilation that the palace enjoys.

Have no foundation

It is interesting to note that the entire palace is laid without any solid foundation. And you know, Hawa Mahal is considered to be the tallest buildings in the world without any foundations, even though it isn't as tall as compared to the skyscrapers of the world. Even in the absence of a strong base or foundation, this five-storeys monumental palace managed to maintain upright because of its curved shape.

Designed in the shape of a Crown

Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 and it resembles the shape of a crown. The Maharaja was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna; hence, it is believed that the Hawa Mahal is designed in the shape of Lord Krishna's crown.

Draws its inspiration from the Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

It is said that Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who was so impressed with the beauty of the Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan had decided to build a palace modelled on it. And Hawa Mahal in Jaipur was the result of that inspiration.

Built for Royal women

Hawa Mahal was built especially for Royal ladies to allow them to watch the day-to-day activities and festivities happening on the street without getting noticed by the public as they had to follow the stringent 'purdah' rule.

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