Architecture of Rajwada Palace
Rajwada Palace was built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire about two centuries ago. It is a seven storied structure located near the Chhatris. This palace is now serving as a fine example of royal grandeur and architectural skills of Maratha time.
Structure of Rajwada Palace
The structure of Rajwada Palace comprises two parts, the first one located at the heart of the city and the second one standing in the old part of the town.
Exhibits of Rajwada Palace
Rajwada palace exhibits a blend of Maratha architecture and Mughal architectural styles. This palatial structure is sure to leave the tourists spellbound.
Entrance of Rajwada Palace
The entrance of Rajwada Palace itself is beautiful with lofty archway and a giant wooden door covered with iron studs. As one makes his way through the entrance, one is greeted with a courtyard comprising Mughal arched Ganesha hall, a number of balconies with Mughal ornamentation, windows and corridors surrounded by galleried rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood.
Outer Structure of Rajwada Palace
The existing building is rectangular with cylindrical bastions at the four corners. It was constructed in 1766 and later the southern part was rebuilt in the years 1811-1833 after being damaged by fire.
Construction of Rajwada Palace
Rajwada Palace was constructed by the Muslim artisans from Mandu who worked for the Mughals but sought refuge in Malwa with their families. At that time only the Muslims were the most skilled crafts persons. These families lived in and around Indore and went on to work for several structures for the Holkars.
Rooms in Rajwada Palace
Rajwada Palace has wood jails, jharokhas and chattries. The front bay has substantial forecourt assessed by a large fenestration in the front facade. All activity within this structure has been systematically removed and now boasts of a small office of the Joint Director, Archaeology and Souvenir Shop run by the Archaeological Survey of India. The rest of the building is ground and two floors. One side of the front bay has been destroyed as has the complete rear bay. The rear bay, before reconstruction was an empty shell with garden within, enveloped by the thick external wall with the bastions. The architecture is of the Maratha period and the miniature style that was prevalent in Mughal and Rajasthan forts.