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Diwan-I-Khas

A travel through the city of Delhi will certainly remind one of the Indian histories. This is one place which is described historic of all the Indian cities. The reason behind it is the presence of monuments and architectural wonders which were built during the Mughal era. Diwan-i-Khaas is one such monument inside Red Fort which is loved by every tourist for its magnificence.

 

Diwan-i-Khaas is a part of the world famous Red fort. Red fort was built in 1639 by King Shahjahan, the 5th emperor of Mughals who has also built the Taj Mahal in Agra. Diwan-i-Khaas is also known as the “the hall of private audience”. As the name itself suggests, it is a luxurious castle which was used by the Mughals to conduct the private durbar. This private durbar was only attended by the army of chiefs, ministers and other mighty staff. Common people were never allowed into the Diwan-i-Khaas. The main intention of the construction of building was to provide a perfect ambiance for such important and noble meetings.

 

Diwan-i-Khaas also has the very special peacock throne which was a very proud souvenir of the city. This throne was used by the Mughal kings during the Mughal era. Even the interior of Diwan-i-Khaas was said to be filled with various kinds of jewelleries. The empty holes can still be seen on the walls, where there were precious gems during the Mughal era. All the walls and columns of Diwan-i-Khaas were built using white marble. Even the columns were fixed with gems and pure silver was used to fabricate the ceiling of the building. These white marble walls and silver ceiling always provided the needed royal atmosphere inside the building.

 

Diwan-i-Khaas inspired the leading poet Amir Khusrau that he left a quote in the building wall which reads, “if there be a paradise on the earth, it is this, it is this, it is this".

 

The present structure of Diwan-i-Khaas has seen some modifications. The silver ceiling is seen to be replaced with the wooden ceiling but the arches and the floral designs still remain the same.

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