Hathi Mahal

The name Hathi-Mahal for it building seems to have been given for its rather disproportionately massive pillars, looking like the legs of an elephant, supporting the high dome above. It is planned like a bardari with three arched openings on each side. The dome has a high octagonal base divided into bands of masonry moulding which have imparted an unusual height to the dome. Traces of decorative tile-work in the bands are still seen on the exterior. It seems, the building was originally constructed as a pleasure resort and later converted into a tomb, since a sepulcher is now seen inside and a mosque is also standing rather too close, thus spoiling its external architectural effect. The mosque is a double-hall in plan divided into ten bays by pillars supporting the vaulted ceiling above.
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