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Sheesh Mahal - Hall of Mirrors

December 26, 2017

Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors)

Sheesh Mahal also known as mirror palace is the magnificent piece of architecture built with beautiful precious stones and glass and with beautiful handmade paintings. Sheesh Mahal is the most popular and beautiful part of Amer Fort. It is situated in Amer, Jaipur.

History of Sheesh Mahal
This palace was built by King Man Singh in the 16th century and completed in 1727. It is also the foundation year of Jaipur state. This palace is also known for the Bollywood legendary movie "Mughal-e-Azam" iconic song "Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya". It was shot in Sheesh Mahal on legendary actress Madhubala which played the role of "Anarkali" in the movie. And the combo of both "Sheesh Mahal" and Madhubala came out excellent and rest was history.

Architecture
The wall and ceiling of the hall are carved with beautiful paintings and flowers which was made of pure glass and precious stone. And the placement of ceiling glass is wonderful. Because of this if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into thousands of stars and it looks awesome and by this, you can get the idea of what was the level of architecture in that time in India.

Why Sheesh Mahal built?
Why Sheesh Mahal built and what is the need of this many people have that question in their mind. The reason behind why this Mahal was made by the glass because in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars while sleeping. So the king ordered his architects to make that kind of mahal which could solve the problem.And the architects built Sheesh Mahal which was built with stones and glass and in the night the reflection of two candles in the glass looks like stars in the whole room. And the second reason was that for the palace built. The King used to shift from Sukh Niwas to Sheesh Mahal in the winter season. The ceiling mirror glass reflection of the candles keep the room warm. Nowadays entry in the Sheesh Mahal is restricted however from the outside we can see the beautiful artwork of the glass in the Sheesh Mahal and with a flashlight pointing to the ceiling we can easily see the stars in the morning "Din Mai tare".

Sheesh Mahal
In the Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors is located. The Sheesh Mahal is a delightful hall with numerous mirrors and is famous throughout the whole world as one of the major tourist attractions. The construction of this hall is done in such a way that even if a single ray of light enters the Mahal then this light would be replicated in the mirrors and the entire hall would have a natural light up and will be enlightened.

Sheesh Mahal is one of the most exciting features of this fort which is adorned with thousands of mirror tiles as well as colored glasses on its wall as well as on ceiling. This Mahal brings a source to life with thousands of flickering reflections.The pillars are also designed very well, out of which one has uniquely designed flower carved at its base, which shows the different color of flowers when we see from different angles.

The literal meaning of Sheesh Mahal is “mirrored”. It is decorated with patterned mosaics, colored glass and mirrors are all over there from floor to ceiling creating a palace of unbelievable beauty. The most awe-inspiring thing to observe is the Hall of Mirrors is that one candle was enough to light the entire hall of fort because of these mirrors.

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