Rai Praveen Mahal, Orchha

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  • This palace belongs to a nautch who was also lover of a prince. Story of the dancer is wonderful and exciting till date. Palace has some traces of terribly restored murals..  more »
  • I went to Rai Praveen Mahal. The gifted poetess, musician and dancer Rai Praveen beguiled the Mughal emperor Akbar when she was sent to him as a gift, but was eventually returned to Orchha to live out...  more »
  • This palace is made by Bundela King Indrajeet Singh for his consort Rai Praveen. Rai praveen was an accomplished poetess, singer and dancer  more »
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  • Rai Praveen Mahal Orchha Rai Praveen was as well known for her enchanting beauty as for her poetry and music. The paramour of Indrajit Singh, in whose court she performed, her fame inevitably spread far and wide and finally reached the Imperial Court of Akbar. The Mughal emperor was smitten by her, and he arrogantly summoned her to his durbar. Indrajit Singh, Rai Parveen’s paramour, was too weak-kneed a ruler to defy the Imperial summons. The Rai Praveen Palace has constructed by Prince Indrajit Singh for his bellowed out of three stories. The walls ofthe central hall on the second story bear many paintings depicting the several moods of the Rai Praveen. The palace is combined with a garden divided into two parts wall and whice is popularly known as Anand Mahal bag (Garden). The Rai Praveen was a great beauty whose main accomplishments were dancing, horce riding and poetry. The famous poet Keshavdas has compiled Kavi priya to honour Rai Praveen and praised her beauty compairing herto Roopamti & Mriganayani. Akbar & Rai Praven-couplet  Upon being summoned again, Rai Praveen went to the Mughal court in 1602 to save Orchha and its ruler from getting into further problem. She presented  her self before the emperor adn asked for leave to recite a couplet. The couplet is as follows,  Vinit Rai Praveen ki, suniye sah sujan.   Juthi patar bhakat hain, bari, bayas, swan. 0' good and intelligent! Please listen to the prayer of Rai Praveen. Only bari (a low caste among Hindus), barber and cureatfrom a plate, food from which  has been partaken by someone else. Akbar, an intelligent person himself, understood the import of Rai Praveen's couplet immediately. he rewarded her and allowed her to return to Orchha with full dignity and honour. Keshav·RaiPraveen  The literary scene of the royal court ofOrchha was thus, under the full impact of Keshav's influence. He was a great teacher to his son, Bihari and Rai .  Praveen. Kavi Priya, Ostensibly composed to teach poetics to Rai Praveen, has words of affection for her. He says, Sobha subh sani parmarath nidhani diha, Kalusha Kripani mani sab jag jani hai; Poorav ke pure punya suni prveen Rai, Teri vani meri Rani Ganga kaio Pani Hai.
  • The fort was built following the founding of the Orchha State in 1501 AD by Rudra Pratap Singh (r. 1501–1531), a Bundela rajput.[1] The palaces and temples within the fort complex were built over a period of time by successive Maharajas of the Orchha State. Of these, the Raja Mandir or Raja Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah who ruled from 1554 to 1591. Jahangir Mahal and Sawan Bhadon Mahal were built during the reign of Vir Singh Deo (r. 1605–1627).[5][2][6] The features of "pepper pots and domes"[7] seen in the fort complex are believed to have inspired Lutyens in the architecture of the structures which he built in New Delhi.[7] MonumentsEdit  Palaces in the Orchha Fort complex The fort complex, accessed from an arched causeway, leads to a large gateway followed by a large quadrangular open space which is surrounded by palaces such as Raja Mahal or Raja Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, a temple, gardens and pavilions. The fort walls have battlements, which have ornamentation.[3] Notable architectural features seen in the fort complex consist of projected balconies, open flat areas and decorated latticed windows.[1][2]
  • This fort is more than 500 years old, surrounded by Famous Temple. The structure is made by Red Stone . The Historical monument still intact, after crossing 500 seasons.
  • Small palace made for the dancer rai parveen. It has a garden in front of it. Just sitting at the verandahs it gives a feeling of listening to music and watching the dancer.
  • Jai ho rai prveen

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