The Diwan-i-Khas or Hall of Private Audience has the most beautiful marble inlay work and carvings of the same quality as that seen in teh Taj Mahal. The columns have wonderful floral designs and the walls are covered by intraicte carvings and more inlay work.
Unfortunately, the day I visited the building was closed for repair.
Diwan-A-Khas the hall of private and dignified Audience was built by Shahjahan in 1637.It consists of two big halls.The marble pillars are inlaid with semi-precious stones and coloured flowers patterns.
The famous peacock throne of Shah Jahan was placed here.Later it was taken to Delhi by Aurangzeb and later on it was taken away by the Nadir Shah to Persia in 1736.
Agra Fort has a gigantic hall for private audience known as Diwan-i-Khas. On my visit to Agra Fort I entered this hall after viewing Diwan-i-Am. This hall was used by the emperor for holding cultural events and meetings of important guests such as kings, ambassadors and nobles in private. The hall is exquisitely decorated with carvings and flat wooden flat ceiling which used to be covered with gold and silver leaves. This hall is open at on three sides and we entered it through one of the arched openings which were supported on double columns. The hall represents the royal accesses and thus the interior hall has Persian inscriptions inlaid in black stone. The chambers here are profoundly decorated with refined inlay work in floral patterns. The work done on the hall is selected very meticulously keeping in view the status of the royalty.
The Khaas Mahal was called so because it was the sleeping chamber of the emperor Shah Jahan and had an excellent ventilation for cooling the rooms in summer.
Below, you can see one of the few patches remaining on the walls of Khaas Mahal. The still-fresh golden colour you can see is actually gold laden paint used for the wall designs.
a hall with colonnaded arches, a place where the emperor gave daily audiences and another was the exclusive pavillion where the emperor met his most trusted nobles.
see above the legendary Peacocok Throne pattern on the ceiling, a symbol from one of Shah Jahan's jewelled thrones. so beautiful and charming :)
This was the hall of private audience. This hall was also added by Shah Jahan. This hall is divided into two rooms connected by three arches and it was here that the famous peacock throne was kept before being shifted to Delhi by Aurangzeb and finally carried away to Iran.
This photograph is of a marble column in the Diwan-i-Khas, an open hall that is decorated in this marble work.
Pietra Dura developed in Agra under the influence of the Mughals, who throught flowers were symbols of divinity. Tiny pieces of precious and semi-precious stone are set into a marble base. The image is a flower, but the pattern arranged in such a way as to create arabesque and flowing lines.
There are lots of shops with pietra dura pieces for sale in Agra ~ be forewarned, a stronger salespitch has rarely been seen than the one in this city.