Face of Jaipur?
In my opinion, Hawa Mahal is the face of Jaipur. It is synonymous with the Pink City, Jaipur. Quite like how Taj Mahal is with the Agra! It’s also one of the top photographed tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal has no parallel. It’s beautiful architecture is unmatched! The pictures we see of Hawa Mahal is actually it’s facade. The main building is hidden behind this facade. It surely is the most photographed building of Jaipur. Many people ask Why Hawa Mahal is called the Wind Palace? Hawa Mahal is also known as the Wind Palace among the foreign tourists since Hawa means wind and Mahal stand for Palace in Hindi.
you can find the complete article where the above picture was originally posted, read Insider’s guide to 5 Must see places in Jaipur / In a day
Most tourists find Hawa Mahal straight out of a fairy tale! Quite Exotic…
History of Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal was commissioned by the Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh and took nine years to build. Completed and executed by Lal Chand Ustad, it was completed in 1799 AD. Hawa Mahal has in all 953 windows!! There are many stories about the inspiration behind this building. I’ll probably write about all of them, some other time.
Stories surrounding Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is shaped liked a Mukut– मुकुट or the crown. It is inspired by the crown worn by Lord Krishna. Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh was an ardent Lord Krishna devotee. He built temples like Brij Nidhi and Goverdhan Nath temple in Jaipur, both temples are devoted to Lord Krishna. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the design of the Hawa Mahal is inspired by the crown of Lord Krishna.
you can find the complete article where the above picture was originally posted, read Foggy Hawa Mahal
Do you know that Hawa Mahal complex houses a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna ? Goverdhan Nath temple shares its wall with Hawa Mahal. In fact,the exit of Hawa Mahal opens into the courtyard housing Goverdhan Nath temple. Supposedly, a beautiful temple, but years of neglect has left it in a not so good condition!