Agra, historical & descriptive; with an account of Akbar and his court and of the modern city of Agra

9781236403001: Agra, historical & descriptive; with an account of Akbar and his court and of the modern city of Agra

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...on another is the image of a man plucking fruit from a tree. The first floor has thirty-five pillars; the next fifteen; the next eight.; while the uppermost pavilion rests on four only. The carving on these pillars is so highly finished and of such delicate execution as to afford evident proof of superior taste and skill; consequently they have been often drawn and photographed as curiosities of sculptural art,, ' Opinions differ as to the origin and object of this curious Object of building. Some maintain that it was designed as a place for the bn,Ui,,B' muazzan to call for prayers at the appointed hours; others that it was intended as a place for hanging a large bell at the highest point, to announce to the citizens the functional hours of tho Court, and others that it was a place for Akbar to survey the surrounding country from. Certain it is that it was intended as a place of recreation and pastime, where the Emperor, sitting in the uppermost kiosque, took fresh air and enjoyed the moonlightduring summer nights, the ladies of the royal household occupying seats lower down, with probably curtains of net work hung over the arches to admit of free air and a full view of the country and the adjacent female apartments. The Fanj Mahal, from its exquisite beauty and excellence of design, has properly attracted the attention of the Archaeological Department of the Government of India, and during the Yiqeroyalty of Lord Mayo was put tinder repairs at a great cost, and the ornamentations were restored as far as possible. The PachUi North-east of the Panj Mahal, over an extensive pavement of Board stone, is a colossal chess board on which the game known as Fachisi was played. The board, carved out upon stone pavement, consists of squares of unusual dimensions, eac...

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