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Machchhi Bhawan

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Machhi Bhawan Agra Fort Machhi Bhawan is another popular Agra fort attraction. It was similar to keeping fish aquarium in house. Machchi Bhawan or Fish square with the marble balcony stands behind Diwan - I - Aam has spacious court with flat roofed chambers enclosed in front of arcade by Indo Islamic style. In fact, the court was adorned with marble tank and fountains in which gold and silver fishes were kept which provides amusement to the Emperor. Though Badshahnama mentions this building as a treasury for imperial ornaments and jewels. The quadrangle has a spacious courtyard with entrance to its north and double-storied arched galleries on the other three sides. On the upper storey of the southern side, a small marble pavilion with a sun medallion on its ceiling projects outward. It is believed to be the place where the Golden Throne of the emperor was placed to allow him to have the entire view of the court below. The rooms of the lower floor served as the treasury.

A white marble platform was there on the eastern side, and a luxurious multi chambered royal Bath in the north. The southern pavilion served as a Diwan - I - Khas and has a open terrace of white and black marble throne. The pillars and walls of the colonnades are so finely plastered with lime and other ingredients that it is not possible to identify and distinguish them from the marble throne balcony and the red sandstone plastered pillars of the colonnade. Abdul Hamid Lahauri the court chronicler of Shah Jahan calls this structure the store-room for the Imperial ornaments and precious jewels. A quadrangle better known as Macchi Bhavan is an official complex of double storied structure around a courtyard, with arched galleries. The south central marble pavilion is remarkable since it has the royal seat for the Emperor to watch the activities in the courtyard of Macchi Bhavan. During Agra fort sightseeing, we recommend to visit this place.

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