Aina Mahal

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Aina Mahal corridor

Aina Mahal is an 18th-century palace in Bhuj, Gujarat, India. It is located next to the Prag Mahal. It was built by Rao Lakhpatji in 1761.[1] The chief architect and designer of Aina Mahal was Ram Singh Malam,[2] who was assisted by local builder community (Mistris of Kutch) in construction.[3] It was constructed with marble walls adorned with gold lace and glass.[3] The walls of the palace are of white marble covered with mirrors separated by guilded ornaments with shades of Venetian glass.[4]

The pleasure room of Rao Lakhpatji in Aina Mahal.

The palace was damaged in 2001 Gujarat Earthquake. However, a portion of the palace which was not so badly damaged has been restored and it houses the museum, displaying the bed room, music room, court room and other old pieces of arts, paintings, arms, palanquin etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Desai, Anjali (2007). India Guide Gujarat. India Guide Publications. p. 393. ISBN 9780978951702. 
  2. ^ Gujarat State Gazetteer - Volume 2 - Page 533, 1991.
  3. ^ a b Bhuj: art, architecture, history - Part 4 - Page 34
  4. ^ Gujarat State Gazetteers: Junagadh - Page 589, 1971.

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Coordinates: 23°15′19″N 69°40′08″E / 23.25530°N 69.66877°E / 23.25530; 69.66877