Discuss the Importance of Chhatri in Mughal Architecture.

Chhatri is an architectural decoration that developed and became quite popular in Indo-Islamic architecture, particularly under the Mughals. It is a small turret with stone columns, principally four, supporting a dome with Chajja under the dome.
Chhatris are commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honor in the Rajput architecture of Rajasthan. They are widely used, in palaces, in forts, or to demarcate funerary sites. Originating in Rajasthani architecture where they were memorials for kings and royalty, they were later adapted as a standard feature in all buildings in Rajasthan, and most importantly in Mughal architecture. As a component of buildings, Chhatri continued in the colonial architecture of Indo-Saracenic style also.
 

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Discuss the Importance of Chhatri in Mughal Architecture.

Published: May 1, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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