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Diwan-i-Khas

Historic Building in Delhi

In the Red Fort, this Hall of Private Audience was used for bowing and scraping to the emperor. Above the corner arches to the north and south is inscribed in Urdu, 'If there is paradise on the earth – it is this, it is this, it is this'. Nadir Shah looted the legendary jewel-studded Peacock Throne from here in 1739. Bahadur Shah Zafar became the last Mughal emperor here in May 1857, but was tried (here, again) by the British seven months later following the First War of Independence (Indian Uprising), and exiled.

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South of the Diwan-i-Khas is the dainty Khas Mahal, containing the emperor’s private apartments, shielded from prying eyes by lace-like carved marble screens. An artificial stream, the nahr-i-bihisht (river of paradise), once flowed through the apartments to the adjacent Rang Mahal, home to the emperor’s chief wife. The exterior of the palace was once lavishly painted; inside is an elegant lotus-shaped fountain.

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