Rani Mahal

Rani Mahal

Rani Mahal (meaning “Queen’s Palace”) is a royal palace in Jhansi city of Uttar Pradesh, India. The palace was constructed by Raghu Nath-II of Jhansi’s Subedar Navalkar family (1769-96). This palace later built as a residence for Rani Laxmibai (1853–58).

Architecturally, it is a flat-roofed, two-storied building with a small well and a fountain on the opposite side. The palace has six halls and parallel corridors with multi-pitched arches and several small rooms. The Durbar Hall, near a flight of steps, is beautifully decorated with paintings in bright colors displaying various colors, floral and geometric motifs. The arches are embellished with peacock and rosette patterns. During the siege of Jhansi in 1858, a large part of it was damaged by British bombing. The stone-ground of the palace has been collected from Madanpur, Barua Sagar, Dudhai, and Chandpur, dating from Gupta to the medieval period (9th to 12th century)