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This image is showing Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences, in the Red Fort of Delhi was the place where the Mughal emperor received courtiers and state guests. It was also known as the Shah Mahal.The hall is exclusive and stands out of all the pavilions in the palace. The large rectangular hall measures 27.4 m by 20.4 m and is built entirely of white marble. It has elegant open arches on three sides. The fourth side has window openings in betweenjaliwall panels. There is also a central chamber surrounded by aisles of arches rising frompiers.The lower parts of thepiersare inlaid with floral designs while the upper portions are gilded and painted. Four pillaredchhatrisdecorate the ceiling of the Diwan-i-Khas. The hall was renowned for the magnificent Peacock throne which stood over the marble pedestal at the centre. The throne made of solid gold was engraved with peacock figurines shimmering with countless precious stones. In between the peacock figures was a parrot carved out of a single emerald. The stone studded master-piece was, however, removed to Iran by Nadir Shah in 1739 A.D. The royal palace also had theNahir-i-Bihist—flowing through the central parts.
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