Sunday, May 26, 2024

A Gust of Inspiration

Written By Gauri Tank (Grade 7)

I belong to Rangeelo Rajasthan. The astonishing heritage and wonderful monuments of the state make me feel overwhelmed with a sense of belonging.

Recently, I visited Hawa Mahal in Jaipur (fondly called Pink City). It is a beautiful multi-storey palace on the main road. To my surprise, I could not see any entrances. The fact is that there is no direct entry gate for Hawa Mahal; one has to reach there via City Palace, another important monument. That was the point when my intellect got in touch with my fun quotient.

I was curious to know more about Hawa Mahal.

Hawa Mahal was primarily built to accommodate the ladies of the royal family, who were not expected to appear in public. They used to see the busy streets of the Johari Bazaar, the bustle of the city, and royal processions via this palace without being seen themselves.

This monument is a combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture, made by Maharaja Swai Pratap Singh of Jaipur in 1799. The architect of this pink and red sandstone monument was Lal Chand Ustad. The five-storey Hawa Mahal is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. Its curved architecture and pyramidal shape help it stay firm.

As I entered the Hawa Mahal and moved closer to the windows (Jharokhas), I felt a gust of wind, and that was strong enough to justify its name. Strangely, this five-storey building has no stairs but ramps. Out of curiosity, I started counting the jharokhas, but soon I realised it was not a piece of cake to count nearly a thousand jharokhas.

The various aspects of this monument truly inspired me. I realised that it is not always important to showcase your magnificence; more important is to relish the other side of the world.

At the same time, I started to feel grateful for the liberty we cherish as common citizens. I could relate to the phrase, “The grass on the other side looks greener.”

I was inspired by the windy architecture, a piece of harmony with nature.

My ultimate inspiration was the idea of coexistence. Hawa Mahal happens to be a part of the City Palace, yet it holds its own proud and distinct identity. Our characteristics make us stand out.

It’s not just any monument; it’s a monument with purpose and vision.

Featured Image Courtesy – Pinterest


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