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.