Jai Mahal’s History
It was never intended to be a great palace when Maharaj Madho Singh built it in 1750; all the Maharaja desired was a small lodge for himself when he went duck hunting. Madho Singh II, Madho’s son, wanted to improve the building’s attractiveness in the 18th century by adding courtyard grounds and making improvements to the exteriors.
Impressive Civil Structure
This palace is a magnificent example of Rajput architecture, and because of its location, it is also an excellent destination for spectacular views. The palace can be seen from the lake, Nahargarh hills as well as from Man Sagar Dam.
The palace was made from red sandstone, which is local to Jaipur. It is a five-story building, and the unique thing is that when the lake is full, four of the five levels remain underwater, leaving just the top floor exposed. Chhatris can also be seen on the palace. Chhatris, or umbrellas, were a common part of the architecture of the time; they are miniature pavilions that mark the corners and roofs of major buildings. The great rectangular Chhatri on the roof of the Jal Mahal is built in a Bengal style, unlike the remainder of the palace. The remaining four corners’ chhatris are octagonal.
Given the palace’s antiquity and the fact that it is surrounded by so much water, it is remarkable that it has suffered little damage throughout the years. Over the years, there was only a minor amount of water seepage.
The water is 15 feet deep!
The massive stone walls that surround the palace are so expertly built that they have been able to keep millions of gallons of water at bay for almost 250 years!
Water seepage has also been stopped by the use of a specific lime mortar. When restoration work was done in the 2000s, they chose to employ traditional plastering materials, similar to what was originally used. These organic ingredients consisted of a mortar mixture of lime, sand, and surkhi, as well as jaggery, guggal, and methi powder.
Because the old terrace garden has been destroyed, a new one is being built in its stead. This terrace is built on a roof garden similar to that of Amer Palace.
Navratan Kothar, a business mogul, now owns a 99-year lease on the Jal Mahal and 100 acres around Man Sagar Lake. He is now working on cleaning the lake and restoring the Palace. In addition, he is building luxury hotels surrounding the lake.
Jai Mahal’s History