Diwan-i-Am

Diwan-i-Am, New Delhi: Address, Diwan-i-Am Reviews: 4.5/5

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Neighborhood: Chandni Chowk
This densely populated neighbourhood of Old Delhi is more than three centuries old and is a prized treasure trove, home to diverse Indian communities is most popular for its heritage havelis, old bazaars and places of worship. Explore the everyday life of the locals as you walk into the spice, jewellery, dry fruits, wedding markets and build up an appetite for the Indian street food, including stuffed parathas & jalebis and Mughlai food at Karims. Head to the magnificient Jama Masjid for stunning views of Delhi 6, with the iconic symbol of India in the backdrop – Red Fort. The diversity of Old Delhi demands an entire day to truly enjoy all the treasures hidden in this culturally rich part of the city.
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,516 contributions
Meeting place of Common People
Jan 2020
Diwan I Aam as the name suggested is the meeting place of Mughal Emperor with the common people to sort out their grievances. It is a hall, open in three sides and backed by set of rooms. The chair of Emperor or the Singhasana is still there in a glass room. There are some grass fields also there on which you can sit.
Written May 9, 2020
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,022 contributions
Regal Justice
Feb 2020
This was the public audience hall area of the Mughal Emperors dating back to the 1650's. The Emperor sat on his high throne and heard applications from the public and hand down his rulings in the matter. There was a secret viewing area behind the throne were the ladies watched proceedings . Very interesting part of the Red Fort.
Written April 4, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,633 contributions
See the Mughal throne
Dec 2019
The Diwan-i-Aam is the public audience hall where the Mughal Emperor would sit listening to griences from the public and dispense judgements. The hall is a beautifully symmetrical design of lobed arches that house the throne where the emperor once sat. This is one of the most beautiful buildings of the complex and worth visiting.
Written December 26, 2019
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,394 contributions
The Diwan-i-Am (like the entire Red Fort) still shows the material projection of imperial power.
Sep 2019
As is known, "the fifth Mughal ruler, Shah Jahan, claiming that the streets of Agra were too narrow for imperial processions, moved the capital to Delhi, returning to the seat of Islamic conquest" (Catherine B. Asher, 1993).
This shift was providential for the Agra Fort, which has survived until today relatively well preserved, while the Red Fort in Delhi (a more important city, and since 1912 also the capital of British India) has suffered much more restructuring. and destruction due to re-use phenomena.
This is also seen by the Diwan-i-Am of Delhi, which, although relatively well preserved in its basic structures, suffered because the Red Fort was a place of British military garrison: the military had other priorities that the heritage preservation.
Of course, knowing that this is a Diwan-i-Am, that is "public hearing room", we are able, despite the ravages of time, to place the practice of Mughal public hearings in its proper context, as a fundamental moment of their ruling: the Shah shows itself to the people both because he has this a duty towards it, and because doing so he manifests its own semi-divine nature.
And we can in turn insert the Diwan-i-Am into the general tradition / topography of the Mughal imperial palaces, masterfully described (once again) by Catherine B. Asher: breaking with the Timurid tradition from which the Mughal rulers came (Asher cites in this regard the case of Samarqand), and instead adapting to the Indian tradition that preceded them, “most Mughal palaces are on the edge of a river or lake and at the same time at the earth of the city”. Always in accordance with the Indian tradition, despite the central position these Mughal palaces ensure privacy - as well as security - through the walls (which the Timuridi palaces, being out of town, mostly didn't have them).
Written November 23, 2019
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Amolak Rattan K
New Delhi, India3,027 contributions
Public grievances and appeals were heard by Mughal Kings
Dec 2018 • Friends
A huge hall where a white marble throne is located and Mughal Badshah would sit and give audience to common citizens and address their grievances. Common citizens always came out with satisfaction.
Amolak Rattan Kohli
Former Governor of Mizoram
Written April 8, 2019
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,194 contributions
Hall of Public Audience
Feb 2019 • Solo
The Diwan-i-Am is one of the buildings in the Red Fort and is included in entrance to the fort. It served as a public audience hall where the emperor would receive members of the general public and hear requests and grievances of the common people. Open on 3 sides using soaring arches and bold columns, the massive hall measures 100 ft x 60 ft. In the center stands the emperor’s throne with marble canopy.
Written March 5, 2019
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amitkumar_bec
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India504 contributions
Diwan-i-Am
Jan 2018 • Friends
This was used to be the darbar of king and white marble throne was the throne of king. This is the main hall of Red Fort.
Written June 17, 2018
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David D
Devon, UK11,653 contributions
Impressive archways
Feb 2018 • Couples
Sunday 11th February and we visited The Red Fort and this building was one of the highlights of this amazing historic building.

This stunning tall red stone building with its scalloped high archways is the place where Shah Jahan received the general public and heard their grievances.

The throne area is now behind glass to protect the structure.

Well worth a visit while exploring the Fort.
Written March 21, 2018
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Kumar S
New Delhi, India421 contributions
Diwan-i-Am
Jan 2018 • Friends
This used to be the hall for the public hence the name. The carving around the pillars and dome are interesting. It used to be decorated with jewels and precious stones with was looted.
Written February 23, 2018
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amitkumar_bec
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India504 contributions
Throne of King
Mar 2017 • Family
Situated inside the Red Fort this is the main Darbar of the king. The picture showed in the display is the throne on which the king used to sit.
Written December 31, 2017
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