Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chini Mahal, Devgiri Fort

The formidable 14th century Devgiri Fort at Daulatabad, 15 kms from Aurangabad is a prime attraction. Here Chini Mahal insaide the third gate of the fort is an important monument.


It is a two story building that was once upon a time inlaid with blue and yellow enameled, en-caustic tiles from China. Hence it was also known as Chinese Palace. Now only a portion of the tiles remain and the roof of the building has collapsed. The upper floor is well ventilated and has two chambers.


Here ruler of Golanda, Abul-Hasan, the last Qutb Shahi Ruler was imprisoned by Mughal Emperor Aurangzed from 1687 to 1700. This place was more used as a Royal prison rather than a palace.



34 comments:

krishna said...

another great info!!!! our country has so many palace and fort that it is just impossible to explore in one life.

Cloudia said...

India is littered with many many treasures!


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rupam sarma said...

Nice post, Thanks for sharing.

Panchali said...

Great info...and beautiful pics! I haven't been to aurangabad..now, I want to visit this royal prison.:)
Thanks..

R Niranjan Das said...

Good one.

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Vineeta Yashswi said...

Short and informative post with good pictures...

Jeevan said...

Interesting and it stands as a model for latter architecture.

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

old and nice :)

George said...

This is still an impressive structure, even if it is falling into ruin.

HansHB said...

Great sky-post.
Interestin building!

Sylvia K said...

It does look more like a prison than a palace to me as well, Rajesh! Terrific captures and such wonderful blue skies!! Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

Photo Cache said...

the architecture is atypical of the forts you've been showing. unusually beautiful.

Jim said...

Beautiful architecture.
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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Rather sad history for this lovely old building...I can see traces of the blue and yellow tiles.

Leovi said...

Beautiful building, shame it is abandoned.

Carver said...

I always enjoy your posts and the place you show us.

Laura said...

still beautiful, even weathered.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Excellent pictures!

ladyfi said...

That is so lovely!

Pat said...

These ancient ruins are so intriguing! That's a beautiful blue sky overhead.

ANITA said...

nice!!Love it!!))

tapirgal said...

I love these interesting arches.

Mama Zen said...

Can't you just imagine what it looked like when all of the tiles were in place? Wow!

Eugenia Robinson said...

RAajesh...This is definitely one formidable structure. The builders definitely meant business when they erected this. It is amazing. genie

Alice said...

Fantastic history of the fort. The forts must have witnessed lots of historical fights in the area during those times.

SandyCarlson said...

The majesty of this place blows me away.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello downthere!

This is incridible amazing beauty. A never ending of your country's treasures. FANTASTIC.

Happy w/end.
/Chie

Meri said...

So interesting!

The Write Girl said...

What a beautiful palace. Thanks for the history and lovely images.

Norma Ruttan said...

I love your description of the top floor's being well-ventilated!
I love that you share such ancient architecture.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Intriguing tones in the stone work! I am amazed at the building trade connection with China! Fascinating post!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

looks like a fascinating place

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this little place.

Arti said...

Heritage marvel, looks so intriguing and so full of old world charm.