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Deeg Palace

DEEG PALACE,RAJASTHANDeeg in the 18th century, was the capital of Jat rulers. The central citadel, set up in 1730 is square in layout and stands on a slightly raised ground.
The whole monument is encircled by a shallow wide moat. The protective walls are 8 km in circumference pierced by 10 gateways and studded with 72 bastions. The gateway to the fort is protected with anti-elephant strikes. The most impressive are huge towers haughtily piercing the sky. The towers are fitted with cannons to take a good shot at any approaching enemyWithin the fort, is the Suraj Mal Haveli with its typical bangaldar style - which is a typical Bengali curved bamboo roof, imported to Rajasthan by Bengali architect of Jaipur - Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.

Construction of Fort

Deeg became a capital city with Badan Singh, but most of the buildings including this one were built by his illustrious son, Suraj Mal (see History of Bharatpur for more). This central citadel, standing on a slightly raised ground and almost square in layout, was set up in 1730. A shallow wide moat encircles the whole monument, beyond which stand protective walls made of course rubble and mud. They are about 8km in circumference, pierced by 10 gateways and studded with 72 bastions. These walls are sometimes even 28 meters high! But perhaps nothing compares with the security of the Lohargarh (Iron fort) in Bharatpur with its unimaginably strong outer mud walls.

The Main Attractions of Fort

The entrance to the Deeg Fort is by a bridge in the north and through a gateway protected with anti-elephant spikes. But the most impressive part of the fort are its huge towers which stand haughtily piercing the sky. There are 12 in all, the largest being the Lakha Burj in the north-west corner. These towers were fitted with cannons to take a good shot at any approaching enemy. The cannon of Lakha Burj is still preserved. The Suraj Mal Haveli (haveli means mansion) is a nice structure, with its typical domes of the bangaldar style. This kind of a shaping is based on the Bengali curved bamboo roof, probably imported to Rajasthan by the Bengali architect of Jaipur, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya (see Jaipur for more). In fact, such rounded roofs are the high point of Deeg's pleasure palaces too.

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