The Jehangir Mahal of Orchha was built by King Vir Singh of Orchha during the 17th century. As the name suggest it was dedicated to the Mughal emperor Jehangir. According to historians, Vir Singh and Salim or Jehangir were great friends. When Salim was disinherited from his father's throne, he revolted against Akbar. Abul Fazl was sent by Akbar to quell the rebel Salim. Vir Singh stood by Salim in this battle and eventually defeated and killed Abul Fazl.
When Salim finally replaced his father to sit in the throne, he gifted the Bundelkahnd area to his friend Vir Singh. Vir constructed this magnificent palace and named it after Jehangir as a symbol of their friendship.
The Jehangir Palace is a lovely monument adorned with paintings, designs and geometrical patterns. The palace has a small museum, which is quite popular with the tourists.
Last Updated on 19/06/2013