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Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India

An Iconographic Consideration

The book brings out the outstanding features of the palaces, pavilions and residences of the ruling class in medieval India -- from the 13th

About This Book

The book brings out the outstanding features of the palaces, pavilions and residences of the ruling class in medieval India -- from the 13th to the 18th century. The focus is on structures that represent a group on religious and ethnic lines, i.e. Hindu/Islamic rulers, Indo-European Hindu or Dravidian Hindu or Afghani or Turk or Iranian rulers, and structures characteristic of particular periods and locales. Presenting some 31 famous buildings including the City Palace of Udaipur and Jaipur and the Lal Qila, Delhi and pleasure pavilions like the Hauz Khas, Delhi and Farah Bagh, Ahmadnagar, the work studies palaces and pavilions from the different regions of India. It illustrates the layout plan of each building in detail.

Dr. Fredrick W. Bunce discusses the size, elaborateness or luxury of the royal structures which underlined the kings' right to rule. With elaborate notes, he showcases their characteristics such as their tendency towards axiality and their symmetrical aspect, the Hindu rulers' choice of the immutable square for the plan and their reliance on the shilpa-shastras, the east-west alignment of the structures, the labyrinthine character of residences/palaces, and their iconography that is unique to the Indian subcontinent. The volume has appendices that give the plans of other great structures of India and the world, list the major rulers of kingdoms in India's different regions and provide a chronological list of major Indian monuments.

The book will be extremely useful to students and scholars of Indian cultural history, particularly relating to architecture and iconography.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603567
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603561
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : xviii, 342 p.
  • Size : 29
  • Weight (approx.) : 1500
  • Bibliographic Details : Line-drawings; Glossary; Appendices; Bibliography

List of Plates
List of Figures


Ratios and Proportions
Basic Plans

Physical Iconography

The Palace
The High Place
The Labyrinth

Implied Iconography

"By the Grace of God"
Royal Accoutrements
Property -- Religious/Cultural
Qila, Garh Mahal or Mandir

Palaces, Residences and Pavilions

Hauz Khas, Delhi (a. 1290 ce)
Kotla Firuz Shah, Delhi (a. 1351 ce)
Vijayanagara Kotila, Vijayanagara (a. 1350 ce)
Shadiabad Mandir, Mandu (a. 1410 ce)
Bidargarh, Bidar (a. 1424 ce)
Kumbhalgarh, Chittor (a. 1433 ce)
Meherangarh, Jodhpur (a. 1459 ce)
Man Mandir, Gwalior (a. 1486 ce)
Gingee Mandir, Gingee (a. 1490 ce)
Wav Dada Harir, Asarwa (1499 ce)
Ainapur Mahal, Ainapur (c. 1500 ce)
Water Pavilion, Kumatagi (c. 1500 ce)
Raja Mandir, Orchha (a. 1554 ce)
Gagan Mahal, Bijapur (c. 1561 ce)
Lal Qila (Red Fort), Agra (a. 1565 ce)
Fatehpur Sikri (c. 1569-1685 ce)
Chandragiri Palace (Raja & Rana Mahals), Tirupati (a. 1565 ce)
City Palace, Udaipur (a. 1567 ce)
Farah Bagh (Feria Bagh), Ahmadnagar (c. 1583 ce)
Raj Mahal, Amber (a. 1592 ce)
Jahangir Mandir, Orchha (a. 1605 ce)
Govind Mandir, Datia (a. 1620 ce)
Jag Mandir, Udaipur (a. 1734 ce)
Shahi Bagh, Ahmadabad (c. 1623 ce)
Lal Qila, Shahjahanabad, Delhi (a. 1639-1648 ce)
Daulat Kothi, Bijapur (c. 1626 ce)
Athar Mahal, Bijapur (c. 1646 ce)
Nayaka Mahal, Madurai (c. 1650 ce)
Deeg-garh (Garden Palace), Deeg  (1722-1763 ce)
City Palace, Jaipur (a. 1727 ce)
Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari (1729-1758 ce)


A - Miscellaneous Plans
B - Major Rulers of India
C - Chronology of Major Indian Monuments
D - Glossary



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