Mughals in the 17th century were very powerful in India and had a great influence on India’s lifestyle and architecture. The Mughal courts called Diwan-E-Aam, due to their plush architecture, royal seating arrangements and pompous ambiances became very popular among the kings and Maharajas of those time.
Impressed by the Mughal court, the medieval King of Orchha Madhukar Shah also built a splendid Diwan-E-Aam at the Raj Mahal in Orchha. With a slight Mughal architectural influence and his personal touches, the Diwan-E-Aam at Raj Mahal is built on large pillared hall which is designed for the King to take public meetings and run the administration along with attending the matters of justice. The King could directly reach his seat from his private residence, which is on the highest platform of the court.
The court hall is divided into three levels of platform. King’s throne is placed on the highest platform followed by his ministers and nobles according to their ranks. Bordering the platforms are twenty eight huge columns that support intricately built cusped arches. Each of these columns further rests on a square shaped base adorned with decorative flower vases and motif paintings!
While visiting the magnificent Raj Mahal, tourists get mesmerized by the grandeur and artistic architecture of the king’s court Diwan-E-Aam.