Perched along the
Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural
defenses, was originally the
fort capital of the Parmar rulers of
Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the sway
of the Sultans of Malwa, the first of whom named it Shadiabad -
'city of joy'. And indeed the pervading spirit of Mandu was of
gaiety; and its rulers built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and
Hindola Mahals, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful
and refined as those times of peace and plenty.
Each of Mandu's
structures is an architectural gem; some are outstanding like the
massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided
inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later.
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