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These 4 Marvellous Doorways in City Palace Jaipur represent 4 Seasons

The palaces and their structures are fascinating as they represent a bygone era. Pritam Niwas Chowk is the inner courtyard of the City Palace. It has four smaller gates, each themed around the four seasons and dedicated to a particular Hindu god.

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peacock gate city palace jaipur

The Peacock gate is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and represents autumn.

The Southwest Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, represents the summer season.

The Southwest Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, represents the summer season.

The Rose Gate represents winter and is dedicated to the Goddess Devi.

The Rose Gate represents winter and is dedicated to the Goddess Devi.

The Green gate/Leheriya Gate, representing Spring, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

The Green gate/Leheriya Gate, representing Spring, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Close-up of the green doorway dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Close-up of the green doorway dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

 Detail on the Peacock Gate.

Detail on the Peacock Gate.

The Southwest Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva and Parvati.

The Southwest Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva and Parvati.

A close-up of the amazing Peacock Gate, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

A close-up of the amazing Peacock Gate, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The City Palace in Jaipur is an exquisite maharaja’s palace. Built in the 18th Century for the Maharaja of Jaipur, the palace is still a royal residence today.

In an inner courtyard called Pritam Niwas Chowk, there are four doorways in the walls. Each of these doors is unique in its design and decoration, and beautiful to behold. The four doors represent the seasons and different Hindu gods.

-> Peacock Gate

The northeastern peacock gate represents autumn and has a small idol of Lord Vishnu on its lintel.

-> Lotus Gate

The Lotus Gate in the southwest is adorned with dramatic lotus petals and flower patterns. It represents the summer and Lord Shiva.

-> Rose Gate

The winter season is showcased by the Rose Gate. Filled with repeating rose patterns, it is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

-> Leheriya Gate

The fourth gate, also called the Leheriya (waves) gate, is on the northwest side of the courtyard. It is in a gorgeous green color, indicating spring and dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

While exploring these landmarks, you will notice that many of their doorways are singular in character — be it the imposing gateways with intricate frescoes at the entrance or the smaller, nondescript doors inside the palaces. Each has a role to play and a story to tell. In City Palace, they reflect the influence of Mughal, European and Indian Shilpa Shastra styles.

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