Aina Mahal
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AINA MAHAL

1.THE NAGPANCHAMI ASHWARI SCROLL

This 47 foot long scroll vividly depicts the royal procession of Maharao Sri Pragmalji II (1838-76 AD) held annually on Nagpanchmi. It was drawn in the year 1876 by Juma Ebrahim, a Kamagar artist on paper using natural dyes. The procession started from the Aina Mahal Chowk, winding its way through the market before terminating at the foot of Bhujia hill.

2.FUVARA MAHAL

Built in 1740 by Lakhpatji who had a passion for music, art, architecture, and literature.
This was an entertainment room, decorated by fine pieces of art, Belgium chandeliers and lamps filled with coloured water.

3.AINA MAHAL

Also known as the Hall of Mirrors, it was built during the flamboyant rule of Lakhpatji in 1750. Aina Mahal was a royal dream that had eventually been converted into reality by an extremely fine craftsman named Ramsinh Malam. He designed it in a mixed Indo-European style and set about creating the materials for the palace locally

4.IVORY DOOR

Made in 1708 during the rule of Maharao Godji II by the skilled carpenter Madho, this exquisite piece of work is an amalgamation of fine carving and inlaid ivory.
It is said that labor charges for creating this masterpiece was 400Kori (The kori was the currency of Kutch until 1948, When it was replaced by the Indian rupee at a rate of 1 rupee = 3½ kori.)

5.HIRA MAHAL

The Kings bedroom is a work of art in itself . 27 Roccoco style intricately carved, gold plated mirror frames adorn the the room , each design distinctive. Semi precious stones were engraved into marble panels with fine Minakari work. These panels were then screwed into the walls. Small windows for ventilation were made, earlier a three foot long zardozi emmbroidered fan hung from the ceiling. It is said that a single source of light is all it took to light up the whole room
The Maharao’s bed is displayed in the Hira Mahal, its four legs made of pure gold.Among the many other opulent and luxurious objects displayed in the room are a diamond studded sword and shield which were presented by the Mughal Emperor Alamgir II in the 18th century, an interestingly designed pair of slippers which sprayed perfume each time the knob on the heel was pressed Two intricate silver and enamel work tree of the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century manufacture.

6.MARRIAGE CEREMONY

A Mandap is a temporary structure made for the marriage ceremony where the holy rites are performed.
This particular Mandap was created in 1884 for Maharao Khegarji III. Some articles displayed were used traditionally in The Royal wedding of the Jadeja Rajputs.

7.DARBAR HALL

Darbar is a Persian term for a court in Urdu. It was here that the King held meetings.
The seating arrangement in the Darbar Hall is such that the King sat facing his many noblemen. The seats were arranged according to rank. Each was reserved for a particular Jagirdar (even in his absence the seat was not used by anyone else). The current arrangement of the Darbar hall is that of the British style, earlier Gaddi-Takiya (cotton diwan/bed and round pillow) was used.
The royal throne is made in pure silver with the zardozi embroidered silk pillows placed on top.
It is flanked by a suite of nineteenth century gilt wood chairs .

8. MAHARAO'S HOROSCOPE

Each ruler had a keen interest in astrology. Maharao Each had his own Jyotish (astrologer) who drew artistic and beautiful Janma Kundalis (horoscopes) for his master.
This particular Horoscope( parts of which are displayed) is that of Maharao Pragmalji II made in 1839. It is 127 feets in length and is believed to be one of the longest in the world.

LAKHPATJI 1707-61

In 1741 at the age of thirty four, Lakhpatji peacefully seized control of the court from his father Maharao Desalji.
In 1752 Lakhpatji was finally installed on the gaddi (throne) on the death of his father, the popular and versatile Desalji.
However during Lakhpatji’s period as a yuvraj, he was appointed by his father to proceed to Delhi and attend a darbar (court) of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. This invitation marked the first meeting of the Kutch ruling family with the Mughal imperial court.
At the darbar, Lakhpatji developed a reputation for his concerts of music and dance which he held at his tent at night. Lakhpatji’s solo performance soft classical music and dance succeeded in winning him the hearts of two Danseuses who chose to accompany him on his return to Kutch.

Lakhpatji’s interests and influences on Kutch also extended significantly into the various crafts manufactured within the state.
When he returned from Delhi he began to build a palace at Bhuj inspired by what he had seen in the Mughal court.
Its construction entailed inviting many artists to the Kutch court. The most important and now famous of these artisans is Ramsingh Malam, who had returned from Europe at about the time Lakhapatji acceded to the throne.
Lakhaptji was an excellent poet. In addition he possessed military skills sufficient to successfully battle against Sher Buland Khan and various rebellious Jagidars of Kutch.