For architecture lovers, this state of Kings- Rajasthan is nothing short of a paradise. From gilded ceilings to frescoes, there are numerous attractions that have the captivating capabilities of the highest order. One such architectural attraction is the fretwork of Rajasthan.
Locally called Jaliwork, fretwork is one of the most prominent features of Rajasthan’s royal architecture. Only a few palaces or forts in Rajasthan can be found without any fretwork at all. But as it happens with most embellishments, some places show a better demonstration of fretwork than others. Mentioned below are three places in Rajasthan that exhibit exquisite fretwork-
Situated 11 kilometers from the state capital, Amer fort is one of the most prominent hill forts in Rajasthan. Rebuilt in 1592 CE by Maharaja Jai Singh I, the fort contains several buildings that show perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Though there is no dearth of other architectural factors, fretwork of Amer fort has the greater significance over the most others. The Moroccan fretwork, which embellishes the carved windows of Amer, creates fascinating views when slanted light from the sun enters the fort through its intricate patterns. View of Aravalli range from these windows, too, is a spectacle of whole another level of exquisite. The original purpose of this fretwork is to support the cooling system of the architecture, as the high summer temperature in the place is secret to no one.
Built by Rao Jodha Singh as the center of his capital, Mehrangarh fort is well-recognized for its unique architecture. Indeed, the fort appears more like a gigantic rock cum citadel, than a regular 15th-century fort. Its sheer high walls reveal nothing about the interiors, which by the way are as magnificent as the exteriors. The central part of the fort is abundantly beautified by Fretwork. The great two-stories of the building, as visible from the square, are completely covered with fretwork, testifying the capacities of the architects of the time. Another prominent place to view spectacular fretwork in Mehrangarh is Moti Mahal. The white color and detailing of the Moti Mahal’s fretwork bespeaks the artistic taste of the Rao, which in accordance with the bygone era was splendid.
When it comes to the courtyard fretwork in Rajasthan, a modern fort palace of Jaisalmer has unparalleled architecture. Suryagarh, a luxury heritage hotel, was built in the 19th century and is presently curated by former model Manvendra Singh Shekhawat. The place befits title ‘Present day face of golden city Jaisalmer’. Its architecture, greatly inspired by the older palaces of Jaisalmer, has all the modern ameliorations, one of which is the great fretwork interiors. There are no windows on the insides of the lobbies, looking at the square, except the ones situated at the entrance face. Rest of the walls are completely covered with minuscule fretwork, that inspires awe both from the inside of the lobbies and the chowk.These are the fretwork embellished forts of Rajasthan that shows the art in its complete glory. Is there any other fort you know of, the fretwork of which is identically inspiring? Let us know in the comments below.