Juna Mahal, Dungarpur, Rajasthan

Juna Mahal

Juna Mahal in Dungarpur is located on foothills of Dhanmata Hillock in the city of Dungarpur. The mahal houses breathtaking paintings of 700 years and stands as the symbol of magnificent construction. Juna Mahal is also called as Bada Mahal or Purana Mahal. The construction of this palace started in the Vikram Samvat 1939 by Rawal Veer Singh Deo during kartik Shukla Ekadasi. Rawal Bhuchand son of Rawal Veer Singh Deo realized how important the palace is and the palace became the capital of Dungarpur state. From then on, the city became the centre of all activities. Though the construction of this palace started in 13th century, but it got completed only during eighteenth century.

The Juna Mahal (Old Palace) in Dungarpur is oldest inhabited Rajput fort in India. Construction started over 700 years ago and has been added to by succeeding rulers. Its rooms contains some of the most breathtaking paintings found anywhere in the country. The above picture is taken inside the Aam Khas (Hall of Private Audience) inside the palace.

This palace is constructed on Dawra Stone and is a seven storeyed. The palace has got two storeyed basement. A single staircase connects all parts of this mahal because of which it looks as a single unit. The main entrance and the Tripolia Gate mesmerizes the tourists. The Parewa stone used in the construction is an important feature of this palace. The window pane which comes with a exquisite handwork in Parewa stone is quite attractive. Apart from this, the articulate stone pillars as well as attractive arches become part of this palace and looks stunning. The beautiful architecture of this palace bears testimony to the architecture of Hindu temple. The palace also comes with glass as well as wall paintings done in Mewari style. The colour paintings done in several rooms of this palace is of world famous and not found in any part of the world.

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