Kaiser Mahal

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Kaiser Mahal
Keshar Mahal 1930.jpg
General information
Architectural style Neoclassical architecture and European styles of architecture
Town or city Kathmandu
Country Nepal
Cost Unknown
Client Chandra Shumsher JBR
Technical details
Structural system Brick and Mortar
Design and construction
Architect Kumar Narasingh Rana and Kishor Narasingh Rana
view from the garden

Kaiser Mahal is a Rana palace in Kathmandu, the capital of the Nepal. The palace complex, located west of the Narayanhity Palace, was incorporated in an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

History[edit]

Bricks used in Kaiser Mahal with Nepali letters "Keshar"

The palace complex lay in the heart of Kathmandu, to the west of the Narayanhity Palace.[1]

Initially the land area of Keshar mahal was occupied by a small palace of one of the sons of Commander-in-Chief Dhir Shumsher and younger brother of Bir Shumsher JBR, Lt. General Jeet Shumsher J. B. Rana.[2] Later Jeet Shumsher sold his palace to Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana,who then destroyed the old palace and build a new palace in 1895 for his son Kaiser Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana[3] with pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture, and European-inspired pergolas, balustrades, urns, and statues. He erected six freestanding pavilions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. These unique and impressive Edwardian features earned it the name "Garden of Dreams."[4]

Under Government of Nepal[edit]

After the fall of the Rana regime, Kaiser Mahal was occupied and owned by Kaiser Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana but later he sold it to government of Nepal.[3] Currently this palace is occupied by the Kaiser Library, and Sampati Suddhikaran Aayog.[5]

Earthquake 2015[edit]

This palace was partially damaged during the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. Kaiser Mahal was designated safe and received a yellow sticker. Currently the Kaiser Library, and Sampati Suddhikaran Aayog has started evacuation. The future of this historical building is unknown.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE HISTORIC DURBARS OF KATHMANDU". 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  2. ^ http://historylessonsnepal.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-time-to-build-maharajah-birs-legacy.html
  3. ^ a b JBR, PurushottamShamsher (2007). Ranakalin Pramukh Atihasik Darbarharu [Chief Historical Palaces of the Rana Era] (in Nepali). Vidarthi Pustak Bhandar. ISBN 978-9994611027.
  4. ^ http://hotelsatnepal.com/?p=134
  5. ^ http://moe.gov.np/
  6. ^ http://nepalitimes.com/blogs/mycity/2015/05/20/rana-palaces-after-the-earthquake/