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Ankh Michauli at Fatehpur Sikri was an important part of royal complex.



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Ankh Michauli

Though romantics believe that Ankh Michauli (Blind Man's Buff Hose) was used by Akbar to play hide and seek with the women of his harem, there are no evidences to support their view. In fact, the secret coffers and deep recesses in the walls of this building suggest that perhaps it was a treasury for valuable things such as gold and silver coins and secret documents. This building has three oblong halls of equal size with the central hall placed horizontally and two other halls placed at right angles on its either side. These halls have a central court and are interconnected by corridors with extremely wide openings. The walls are made up of rubble masonry and are very thick. It is believed that while gold coins were stored in the coffers, the silver was kept in bags heaped on the floor.

Being an official building, Ankh Michauli has been kept simpler. However, it has high ceilings. The bottom of the struts in the central hall supporting the beams of the ceiling have been beautifully molded into the head of a truncated monster called 'Makar' in Hindu mythology, who is believed to be the guardian of treasures. The halls of this building also manifest simple moldings and carved brackets lending them a grand look, while the wide chhajja around the central hall looks quite imposing. The two stairways to the east lead one to the roof. There was a two-storeyed gallery too but it has now been demolished.



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