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Agra tourism Diwan-i-am is another prominent Agra fort attraction, inside the fort comples. It is in west of Diwan-i-khas, close to Machhi Bhawan. Diwan-i-aam or Hall of public Audience was used by the Emperor Shah Jahan to address the general public as well as nobility. It was built between 1631-40. It is result of Shah Jehan's love for marble. It is closed to Machchhi Bhawan. The huge assembly hall measuring 201' by 67' has flat roof and two arched red sandstone gateways to the north and south.


Akbar did not erect any permanent building for holding his Public Audience Diwan-i-Am or Private Audience (Diwan-i-Khas) though both these Mughal institutions were founded by Emperor Akbar. The Sultans of Delhi had only one such institution Bar-i-Am or Bargah. During the reign of Emperor Akbar the function of the Audience was held in temporary wooden structures added with shamiyana in Agra Fort. This arrangement continued during the reign of Jahangir (c.1605-1628). On 14th February 1628, Shah Jahan issued an order that halls for his public audiences should be constructed in all the great-fortified forts (palaces) of the capitals of the Mughal Empire, particularly at Agra and Lahore. These halls are firstly made by wood and later replaced by larger structure painted with marble structure. Historians and poets of the Shah Jehan mention it as Iwan-I-Daulat, Khana-wa-Khas-o-aam which is now called Diwan-I-Aam. This building is built in red sandstones on a raised platform (1.25) in a rectangular plan measuring 61.77 m by 20.12 m. The total large pillars are 48 but if the corner ones are omitted, these are 40 long pillars over which the engrailed arches support the flat stone roof. It consisted of a large multi-pillared hall facing a vast courtyard. The emperor would have sat on the elaborately decorated throne platform at the back. His throne is directly accessible from Machhi bhawan. On the right a fine double gateway gives access to the Moti Masjid. On the left side, we can find similar gateway leads back to the public entrance gate. Above this to the left, overlooking the courtyard, is a square Mughal pavilion known as the "Salimgurh", which falls outside the main palace group. Sequence of pillars and arches makes it best photographed part of fort complex. Interested monument photographers should must visit this part to practice their photography and art.

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