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The Sheesh Mahal

The Sheesh Mahal, Patiala

The Sheesh Mahal, The Sheesh Mahal travel, The Sheesh Mahal tourism, The Sheesh Mahal Historical Place, travel It was built in the reign of Maharaja Narinder Singh (1845-1862) in a forest with terraces, gardens, fountains and an artificial lake. With two watching towers in the north and the south the lake is connected to Banasar Ghar, where all type of stuffed animals are kept and Sheesh Mahal, the residential palace with a suspension bridge which is a copy of the Lakhsman Jhula at Rishikesh.

Part of the three storied building is inset with pieces of reflecting mirrors and a large number of wall paintings depicting scenes from Bhagwat Puran and portraits of the Sikh Gurus. The palace has galleries displaying antique paintings, bronzes, sculptures and portraits of the Maharajas of Patiala. The highlight is the gallery which displays the world's largest collection of medals, decoration and orders of various countries.

Punjab state, the smiling spirit of India has been appropriately nicknamed the city of gardens and palaces. The majestic palaces of Punjab accentuate the beauty of the tedious farmlands and majestic temples. Sheesh Mahal is one such beautiful palace in Patiala that flaunts the colorful splendor of the erstwhile maharajahs.

Sheesh Mahal built under the kind patronage of the former Maharaja of Patiala, Narendra Singh, a devotee of beauty, in the year 1847; the rambling three-storied Sheesh Mahal is a fine merge of the modern Occidental and the customary Mughal architecture.

The Sheesh Mahal palace boasts of stylish and lavishly adorned interiors. Ornate mirror works and attractive floral motifs adorn the vibrantly painted walls. Fine murals portray scenes from Indian mythology, religious teaches or even show works from the celebrated Indian literature like the masterpieces of Surdas, Keshav Das and Bihari Lal. Skillful and handy craftsmen from Rajasthan and Himachal's Kangra Valley were liable for the artistic ambience of the palace.

Patiala city is a modern city with a domestic airport, a railway station and numerous good roads. The city has numerous relaxed and reasonable priced hotels that are mostly frequented by numberless of tourists who flock to see the Sheesh Mahal, splendid in its royal grandeur, in the pleasant North Indian winters.

Medal Gallery set up in the Sheesh Mahal has on display the largest number of medals and decorations in the world, numbering 3,200. Collected by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh from all over the world, his illustrious son Maharaja Yadvindra Singh gifted the entire priceless collection to the Punjab Government Museum. Among the most important, one may mention The Order of the Garter ( England) of 1348 A.D., The Order of the Golden Fleece ( Austria) founded in 1430 A.D. The Order of St. Andrews ( Russia) founded in 1688 by Peter the Great; The Order of the Rising Sun ( Japan) and Order of the Double Dragon ( China ) and The Order of the White Elephant ( Thailand). The collection contains medals from Belgium, Denmark, Finland and host of other countries of Africa and Asia.

On the advice of the Europeans, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Maharaja Dalip Singh also issued medals which are studded with precious stones. Some of them display miniature paintings of the Maharaja in profile in the centre. Inspired by his hobby, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh instituted Orders and Decorations which carry portraits of Guru Gobind Singh, Radha Krishan etc. These medals reflect religion, culture and art of many countries in metal and are great sources of history.

Besides medals, there is a rare collection of coins. This numismatic collection presents a vast range from the punch-marked coins to those issued by the princely states in the 19th century. It is a total numismatic history reflecting upon country's trade, commerce, science and metallurgy.


More Historical Places in Punjab

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>> Faridkot Fort

>> Gandhi Gate

>> Kuka Memorial

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>> Quila Mubarak Patiala

>> Quila Mubarak Bhatinda

>> Sanghol Museum

>> Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial

>> Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum

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