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Jagmandir Palace Udaipur

Introduction of Jagmandir

Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace". The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh (16201628) and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (16281652). It is named as "Jagat Mandir" in honour of the last named Maharana Jagat Singh. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.

 
History of Jagmandir

Jag Mandir's history begins with the Maharana Karan Singh's benevolence shown to Emperor Shahjahan (16051627). Shahjahan, before he was crowned as Mughal Emperor, was known during his young days as Prince Khurram. As Khurram, he rebelled against his father Emperor Jahangir in 1623, because he wanted to be the heir to the Mughal throne. Faced with danger of getting thwarted in his campaign, he sought refuge in Mewar Kingdom at Udaipur where he was given safe haven by the then Maharana Karan Singh (it is said that this courtesy was extended because Khurram's mother was a Rajput Hindu lady). He was initially kept in the City Palace along with his wife Mumtaz Mahal and his two sons, Prince Dara and Prince Aurangzeb. Later they were shifted to the Gul Mahal, as a safe refuge, in the midst of the lake (this place since then has also been called Khurram's Palace). Gul Mahal is a domed pavilion that was specially built for Khurram by Maharana Karan Singh. It was later enlarged by his son Jagat Singh into a huge palace and named as the Jag Mandir palace.

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Carved statues of elephants at the jetty entry, Jag Mandir Palace. The impressive series of structures in the three storied Jag Mandir Palace include Gul Mahal, which was built first as refuge for prince Khurram; the elegant facade flanked by four carved statues of elephants on either side at the jetty entry on the lake from Udaipur; the Garden Courtyard and the Darikhana on its northern side; Bara Patharon ka Mahal (palace of the 12 stones); the Zenana Mahal a southern extension to the Gul Mahal; and the Kunwar Pada ka Mahal.
 

   
   
 

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