Hawa Mahal Jaipur
About Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal is counted amongst the most gorgeous and
captivating piece of work by the Rajput rulers. The Rajputs were
strictly traditional and did not wish their women folk to be seen in
public. The Rajputs women were themselves immensely particular about
their dignity and self respect hence, they did not prefer to come out
in open with the common public and strangers.
However, this did not deter them from taking interest in the proceedings of the court and other happenings of the world. Infact, the court rooms had special chambers for the women from where they could watch the day to day proceedings. And when they desired to have a look at the happenings of the outer world, a structure like Hawa Mahal had to be built. So, Hawa Mahal was a window to the outer world for the royal ladies and the Rajput ruler who ordered its construction in the year 1799 was Sawai Raja Pratap Singh.
The Hawa Mahal is an elemental part of the City Palace complex of Jaipur, yet it stands away from it and commands its own identity from the passerby. Standing on one of the main streets of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal still quietly monitors the affairs of the city dwellers and welcomes anyone who comes to inspect it.
Architecture of Hawa Mahal
This five storeyed pyramid structure was designed by
Lal Chand Ustad who dedicated his work to Lord Krishna and Radha. The
pyramid shape of the Mahal gives it an appearance of the crown that
adorned the head of Lord Krishna. The Mahal stands on a podium and is
fifty feet high. The thickness, however, is less than even a foot. The
entrance is through the City Palace from where doors open into a
commodious courtyard with double storeyed buildings covering three
sides. The building today houses an Archaeological Museum. The upper
two storeys have just a single room. There are no stairs to reach the
upper floors. Rather, there are ramps meant for carrying the palanquin
of the royal ladies.
The entire structure is made up of 953 small casements each with small lattice worked pink window, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. Cool breezes enter through the window and keep the inner atmosphere extremely pleasant and airy.
Visitors will be surprised to notice that in sharp contrast to its rich exteriors, the interiors of the Hawa Mahal is strikingly simple. However, it is from here that visitors can have some of the finest views of the modern city of Jaipur.
A remarkable Rajputana structure worth visiting.