Behold the amazing spectacle of the Palace of Mirrors!
Well-known as the ‘Palace of Mirrors’, the Sheesh Mahal comes under the list of tourist destination in Jaipur. It is situated on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in Amber Fort, is 11 km from Jaipur, and was constructed with red sandstone and marble.
The mirrors inside gets reflected, when the sun rays enter inside and lights up the whole place. Numerous miniscule mirrors are placed on the walls, while forming a far-fetched pattern and lending an awe-inspiring effect.
The Sheesh Mahal is famous for the delightful treat for the eyes of the beholder, with the light and mirror effect. The hall is constructed in such a manner, that even if a single ray of light enters, then it gets replicated in the mirrors, while the entire hallway gets enlightened.A source of life is brought forward with the flickering reflections. The pillars are all well-designed, out of which one unique design is of the flower etched on the base. Due to the mirrors, the reflection of different coloured flowers can be visualised.
Theinference of Sheesh Mahal is ‘mirrored’, in literary. It is adorned with the coloured glasses, patterned mosaics and mirrors, from floor to ceiling, thus creating a place of implausible beauty. Hall of Mirrors, where a lighted candle caters to enlighten the entire hall of the fort, stands out to be the breath-taking feature.
Raja Man Singh constructed the palace and it got completed in 1727. It is also known to be the foundation year of Jaipur State. The Sheesh Mahal is famous for the picturization of the Bollywood iconic song of legendary movie ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.
The queen desired to witness the twinkling stars while sleeping, as she was never allowed to sleep in the open. Thus, the king got this sort of Mahal made, through his architects, which solved the problem. The designers constructed the Sheesh Mahal with glass and stones, during night hours, the mirror image of two candles, gives the effect of a star-lit room.
The other following reason for building the palace was, when the king shifted from Sukh Niwas to Sheesh Mahal in winter season, the reflection of the candles on the mirrored glass ceiling, kept the room warm. In recent times, the entry to the Sheesh Mahal is restricted. Butexternally one witnesses the intricate glass artwork.While with a flash of a light, pointing towards the ceiling, one can will be able to see the stars in the morning – and on the lighter note, it is said, “Din meintaare.”