Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mayura Mandapa

Jehangiri Mahal has several other apartments accompanying it in its superstructure such as two rectangular pavilions or chaukhandis and the Mayura Mandapa or the Peacock Hall. This red sandstone building has an open central courtyard. It was named so after the graceful peacock shaped brackets supporting its chajjas; each peacock having a serpent in its beak. The stuccowork is profusely used here and geometrical designs inlaid with white marble on a red sandstone background look quite impressive. In fact, white marble is sometimes mistaken for ivory.

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