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KARAN MAHAL (Public Audience Hall)
: The first monument of Bikaner and second oldest in Rajputana is based on the classic Mughal style, the plans for the construction of which were conceived during the reign of Raja Karan Singhji. It was erected in about 1680 by Maharaja Anup Singhji as a memorial monument of his father Raja Karan Singhji. This monument is also a tribute to the restoration and elevation of the status of Bikaner State.

Karan Mahal is covered with rich Rajput elaboration of Mughal style in terms of the purity of white marble and stucco design. The exquisite economic design is so characteristic of classic Art like Diwan-I-Khass, Rang Mahal and Mumtaj Mahal at Delhi. It has similar style of wooden ceiling resting on a broad cornice and a surrounding Gallery behind a row of cusped arches resting on short bellied columns of the type of fashion prevailing during Aurangzeb’s period.

Maharaja Gaj Singhji was a shrewd observer and an erudite scholar, and was quick to fathom helpless Mughal Empire where the residue of the artistic life came to an end. People from Delhi and Lahore and other unemployed artisans came under the patronage of Rajput Kings. Maharaja Gaj Singhji was quick to take quite a few of them into service and it proved to be extremely beneficial.

Karan Mahal Interior