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Hawa Mahal Jaipur


Mawa Mahal Jaipur


  • Hawa means breeze and Mahal means palace. Hawa Mahal (English translation: "Palace of the Breeze"), is in the Indian city of Jaipur. It is so named since it was basically a high screen wall so that the ladies of the royal family could see street events while remaining hidden from the outside. Built of pink and red sandstone, the palace is situated on the edge of the City Palace.

History

  • Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built the structure in 1799 and Lal Chand Ustad designed it. Its exceptional five-storey facade is similar to the honeycomb of a beehive having its 953 tiny windows called jharokhas embellished with sophisticated latticework. The purpose of the grill was to let royal women to see everyday life in the street below while remaining hidden, because they had to obey stringent "purdah" (face cover). The grill also lets cool air to pass through the sophisticated pattern, air conditioning the entire area during the high summer temperatures. After a gap of 50 years, renovation and restoration works on the Mahal were carried out in 2006 in order to give a face lift to the monument. Hawa Mahal is an extended part of a gigantic complex. The arched roofs, small casements and stone-carved screens are a few of the features of this famous tourist resort. The monument also has skillfully modeled hanging pelmets. The palace is built in red and pink coloured stone.



Hawa Mahal Jaipur