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Four Doors in Jaipur

The City Palace in Jaipur is an exquisite maharaja’s palace. I wandered around the complex amazed that each section seemed even more impressive than the last. 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 Jaipur

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

Rose Gate Jaipur

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

Green Gate Jaipur City Palace

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

Lotus Gate Jaipur

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

Jaipur City Palace
Pritam Niwas Chowk – an inner courtyard at Jaipur City Palace

Here you can see the doors laid out in the inner courtyard. Above the courtyard stands the imposing Chandra Mahal, the Maharaja’s residence. Mahal means ‘palace’ in Hindi and Urdu.

Chandra Mahal Jaipur
Chandra Mahal. The flag flies when the royal family is in residence.
Green Door Jaipur City Palace
Close-up of the green doorway dedicated to Lord Ganesha
Peacock Gate Jaipur close-up detail
Detail on the Peacock Gate
Lotus Gate Jaipur
The Southwest Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva and Parvati

Jaipur City Palace

 

Peacock Gate Jaipur
A close-up of the amazing Peacock Gate, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Peacock Gate view from courtyard Jaipur
A view of the Peacock Gate in the courtyard

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