Thursday, September 17, 2009

Diwan-khana-I-khaas






To the right is an apparently looking two storeyed building, with corner kiosks, known as diwan-khana-I-khaas or Hall Of Private Audience. On entering it, one finds only a single vaulted chamber. In the centre stands a profusely carved column supporting a collosal-bracketed capital. Four narrow causeways project from the centre and run to each corner of the chamber. It is believed that Akbar’s throne occupied the circular space over the capital and the corners were assigned to the four ministers.


History of the Diwan-I-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri


Built as a form of homage to the memory of the memory of the great Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who, it is said, blessed the emperor with an heir to the Mughal throne in India, who was to be later known as Jahangir, Fatehpur Sikri was built in 1571 and stood as the capital of the Mughal empire till the year 1585. Once, the bustling capital city of the great Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned due to what, today is guessed by historians to be a severe water shortage. Listed in the prestigious list of World Heritage sites as put down by UNESCO, Fatehpur Sikri is today one of the greatest prides of Indian culture. Arguably, one of the most prestigious monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, the Diwan-I-Khas in Fatehpur Sikri offers an excellent glimpse of the life in the Mughal court in Fatehpur Sikri.

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