Architectural Legacy of Mewar-II

Other buildings of City Palace such as Ganesh Deodhi, Badi Pol and Amar Mahal were made under Rana Amar Singh I (1597-1620). The interior and exterior of Amar Mahal reverberate with the architectural vocabulary of prehistoric Mewar palaces at Kumbhalgarh and Chittor. Arched and corbelled stone ceilings, stone carved temple type columns, gokhdas (projected window) with inclined parapets and intricately carved niche are the salient features of this marvelous construction. 
However, several structures in the Udaipur Palace complex were built by Rana Karan Singh (1620-1628). During his short reign, Rana Karan Singh added twelve structures in the Udaipur palace complex along with the beginning city walls and gates. These included Mor Chowk, Manak Chowk, Ganesh Chowk, Sabha Shiromani ka darikhana or assembly hall, Moti Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Kanch ki Burj and Chitram ki Burj, Karan Mahal, Manek Mahal, Laxmi Chowk in Zenana Mahal, Toran Pol, Suraj Pol and the renowned Jag Mandir. The palace was started by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I. Jag Mandir was used as a delight palace for the summers.

While, the  Manak Chowk was an enclosure for a  public spectator for the Udaipur rulers and for Elephant and Horse Parade. Moti Chowk was an integral court of the palace acting as an entrance courtyard to the Zenana Mahal. Mor Chowk was for special audiences, modelled in high relief, three peacocks crafted with 5000 pieces of glass were later added to the Mor Chowk during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign (1874-1884).
Adding to the grandeur of this great structure, Maharana Amar Singh II (1698-1710) further added Amar Vilas or Badi Mahal, and Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-1734) added Tripoliya Gate to the complex during his rule.
Inheriting the artistic sense of design and beauty through their ancestry, the structures of Mewar through ages witnessed the legacy  of architectural magnificence. Be its forts, palaces or monumental structures; with profuse structures to boast of, Mewar is a royal heritage in itself.

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