Hazarduari Palace, Murshidabad.

Murshidabad is rich in terms of history, historical events and even pre-historic excavations. It is one of the 18 districts of West Bengal, ruled by kings of pre-Mauryan era (6th century BC), followed by several rulers, and finally by Humayun Jah and Feradun Jah the last of the Nawabs of Bengal. I had a great desire to spend more time in this city but with tight itinerary all I could spare was a few hours here.

Lion in sitting posture at the foot of the huge flight of stairs, this reminded me so much of European architectures.

The Hazarduari Palace, it got its name as it has 1000 (hazar) doors (duar) including real (900) and false ones, was our first halt. I am forgetting the number of rooms I crossed (there are 114 rooms), and I lost count of the doors too. Each room was spacious and full of old furnitures, walls adorned with paintings collected by Nawabs (Muslim rulers), marble statues collected by them and huge library holding rare books and manuscripts.

The most unfortunate part was the board displaying the sign “No photography”. The folks there are so strict that they held back our cameras at the ticket counters; we are supposed to collect while exiting.

This palace was used for daily durbar works, as residence of Nawabs and many British officials. The colossal pillars, the façade of the building, the lofty dome adorned with stucco ornamentation make the palace look grand! It is a fine example of Indo-European architecture style.

A canon from 2700 collections inside the palace.

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