King Kothi Palace

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King Kothi Palace
شاہ کوٹھی محل
కింగ్ కోఠి ప్యాలెస్
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Entrance gate of the King Kothi Palace
General information
Status Owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad
Location Hyderabad, Telangana State, India
Opening 1911
Owner Nizam of Hyderabad
Design and construction
Architect Kamal Khan

King Kothi Palace (Urdu: شاہ کوٹھی محل‎, Telugu: కింగ్ కోఠి ప్యాలెస్; or Nazri Bagh Palace) is a royal palace in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was the palace where the erstwhile ruler, the Seventh Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, of Hyderabad state lived.[1]

History[edit]

The palace was constructed by the Kamal Khan, and it was sold to Nizam once he expressed his desire for the palace. The young Nizam moved in when he was only 13. After his accession to the throne in 1911, he continued to stay at the palace and did not move to Chowmahalla Palace where his father lived.

Initially, Kamal Khan constructed this palace for his personnel residence: Thus the palace main gate, passerby corridors, windows and doors were engraved with the sign of "K K". Later when Nizam purchased this palace, as it was a royal residence now, the young Nizam felt against his pride to have those abbreviations of other nawabs; he passed a ferman and changed the abbreviation "K K" to "King Kothi," meaning kings mansion. Thus the name King Kothi came into existence.

In the sprawling palace, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls and lesser gems were stored in steel trunks fastened with English-made padlocks.[2]

The palace has three main buildings, divided into two groups. It also has a huge library used by the Last Nizam.[3]

The eastern half[edit]

The eastern half, now occupied by a state government hospital, was used by the Nizam for official and ceremonial purposes.

The western half[edit]

The western half, which is now walled, has the main residential buildings known as Nazri Bagh or Mubarak Mansion and still belongs to the Nizam’s private estate.

The main entrance to Nazri Bagh always had a curtain draped across it, so it has come to be known as the purdah gate. When Nizam went out of the palace, the purdah was lifted to indicate the king was not home.

The gate was guarded by Maisaram Regiment, police and Sarf-e-Khas Army with lances in their hands.[4]

Present status[edit]

Of the three principal buildings of the King Kothi complex, the main building (now houses a hospital) and the Mubarak Mansion (Nazri Bagh) accommodating the offices of the Nizam’s private estates (Sarf E Khas) only survive. Both the surviving buildings are in European style.[5]

The third building, Usman Mansion, was demolished in the early 1980s. In its place a new hospital building was constructed by the state government. Nizam VII, the last ruling Nizam (1911–1948) lived here and died in this building on February 24, 1967.

The palace is also home to the Judi Mosque. The VII Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, willed that he be buried in the mosque that faced his residence.[6]

To the east of Mubarak Mansion, stands the Ghadial Gate, the gate with a clock.

The King Kothi complex has various European styles. The canopies over windows, the intricate woodwork, the sloping tiled roofs in octagonal pyramid shapes of the Ghadial Gate complex, and the classical semicircular arches are among the characteristic features.

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