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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Gagan Mahal Bijapur vintage post cards

Gagan Mahal or Heavenly Palace was built by Ali Adil Shah I in 1561 as a royal palace with a durbar hall. It has three impressive arches and the central arch is the widest. The durbar hall was located in the ground floor while the first floor was built as the private residence of the royal family. But both floors are now in ruins. The façade of the palace has three arches; the central arch, which is the largest of the three, is 20 metres (66 ft) long and 17 metres (56 ft)in height.

The above text courtesy from the wikipedia website.


Gagan Mahal
Only this imposing entrance facade remains from this audience hall built in the Ali I period. The high central arch is flanked by arches that lead to narrow staircases to the upper storey. The far wall has three arched recesses and a row of smaller arches at the base. The Mahal and nearby palaces form the royal centre of Bijapur and are surrounded by a moat and citadel walls.  

The above text courtesy from the website of kaladarshana.com


In my collection i have 2 different vintage post cards of Gagan Mahal, Bijapur. 

This is my Gagan Mahal, Bijapur undivided back British India vintage post card. Clifton & Co published this vintage post card.

This is Gagan Mahal, Bijapur another vintage post card in my collection. This post card printed in Luxemburg.


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