MANDU T.Palace Complex

2.CHAMPA BAOLI  (The second half of the 15th C.16C.)
3.HINDLA MAHAL  (The end of the 15th C.)
4.JAHAZ MAHAL   (The end of the 15th C.)
5. KAPUR TALAO   (The second half of the 15th C.16C.)
6. ROYAL PALACE (The second half of the 15th C.16C.)


 The inscription on the upper part of the east gate hunging under the medallion of the arch decorated by sculptured patterns, says this mosque was built in 808 AH (1405/1405) by Dilawar Khan. Therefore, this mosque is one of the earliest examples among mosques remaining in Mandu and this is understandable from the fact that mosques in Mandu show nearly the same form and style as two mosques remaining in Dhar. (Matsuo Ara)

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拡大してみる  This is a relic existing in the palace complex with two baoris. It is said that these three wells were a precious water resource. In this baori, a square tank with pumping equipment is set underground. It features surrounding arch-shaped niches, which make a round ceiling with squinches at the corners. A theory that the name "Champa" meaning aromatic flower came from the aroma of water rising from this well.
 Spiral patterns on a ditch on the ground look unique. (Matsuo Ara)





拡大してみる  This is considered to be a building of Sultan Ghiyath ad-Din at the end of the 15th century. It differs significantly from the other building of the palace complex. It hardly uses decoration and seems to be a palace building meant to show its dignity by simplicity. "Hindla" is a Hindu word meaning "shake". It is said that it came from its prominent inclination on the outside wall. It is a convincing theory that this unique building among Mandu remains was used as an audience chamber. (Matsuo Ara)
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→Enlargement  This peculiar palace building extending 120 metres in length is by the lake Munja. It is well known by its jaunty name meaning "palace of ship (Jahaz)" and it is a building most known in the remains of Mandu. The forth emperor of the Mughal, Jahangir, loved this lakeside palace and he wrote that he enjoyed its lit-up scenery at night. His empress, Nur Jahan favoured spending a night in this palace, when she visited Maluwa. We visited the site in daytime but we could not help admiring the luscious atmosphere of these remains, which was reflected on the surface of the lake. (Matsuo Ara)

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→Enlargement  This pond with its name "Kapur" meaning camphor is built facing the front side of Jahaz Mahal and it was a precious source of water and natural beauty in Malwa. Remains of a big water-gate and a crib are seen. There are various palace buildings, large and small, by the lake. The verdurous environment makes us ponder the atmosphere of that the rulers of the time enjoyed. (Matsuo Ara)





→Enlargement  Currently, the palace complex built on the north lakeside is mostly ruins. We can see most of these buildings were two-tiered. There are many rooms that have an arch-shaped entrance and some fine staircases and tanks also remain. These still remind us of the prosperity of the rulers in Malwa in the past. (Matsuo Ara)




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