(Last Updated on : 14/01/2015)
Neelkantha Palace is one of the most attractive stone structures of Mandu
which attract a large number of tourists from different parts of India. In Mandu, the Neelkantha Palace is a much visited tourist spot. The Neelkantha Palace is located very close to the Neelkantha temple which is a shrine of Lord Shiva
. The enclosure of the shrine has countless trees and a sacred pond which is fed by a nearby stream. Neelkantha Palace was built by the Mughal governor, Shah Badgah Khan, and was erected for Maharani Jodha
Bai, the Hindu
wife of Mughal Emperor Akbar
. Surrounded with greenery and sacred ponds, this palace bears some philosophic inscriptions which teach superiority of emancipation on earthliness. The inscription, general architecture and beautification of the palace provide great opportunity for the tourism.
Structure of Neelkantha Palace
Besides this, the palace is also known for its architecture. The palace is named after the sacred shrine of Lord Shiva who is worshipped in the form of Neelkantha. The present structure of Neelkantha Palace was built on the site of a shrine of Lord Shiva, the god with the blue throat, a name which survived during the last three centuries in spite of the Muslim character of the building. Neelkantha Palace is largely attractive for its extremely charming and magnificent look. It enjoys one of the magnificent views of the valley which is more attractive than its architectural beauty. The main portion of the Palace is enclosed by a number of rooms to its west, south and east; the northern portion of the palace is being kept open to enjoy one of the most picturesque sights of the valley. In the centre of the palace is a fine container to which water was supplied by a channel built along the column of the apartment on the southern side. Overall, the structure of the Neelkantha Palace is elegant and giving an added grandeur to the scenery. The palace also includes a small reservoir of water which collected water from the nearby streams.
Neelkantha Palace is mainly known for its scenic beauty and superior Mughal architecture
. As a historical sight it not only attracts the historians but also a large number of tourists who visit Mandu.