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Mayura Mandapa

Jehangiri Mahal has several other apartments accompanying it in its superstructure such as two rectangular pavilions or chaukhandis and the Mayura Mandapa or the Peacock Hall. This red sandstone building has an open central courtyard. It was named so after the graceful peacock shaped brackets supporting its chajjas; each peacock having a serpent in its beak. The stuccowork is profusely used here and geometrical designs inlaid with white marble on a red sandstone background look quite impressive. In fact, white marble is sometimes mistaken for ivory.

Like other monuments here, perforated screens, brackets, struts and chhajjas are used to enhance the overall visual appeal of the building and appease the aesthetic sense of the people. The remnants of the painting on the southern and eastern walls of the palace can still be seen. The gypsum mortal is used in the incised work of the ceilings of the southern chambers and hence, it is known as gesso work. It is said that these chambers were originally gilded with a thick layer of pure gold that were later scraped off by the plunderers.



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