Resplendent in the aura of grandeur, which comes naturally from the red sand stones which are the basic construction materials used for the entirety of the complex, Fatehpur Sikri has always been one of the greatest tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh. This ancient capital of Emperor Akbar is even today, one of the highlights for tourists planning Uttar Pradesh Tour. Located in the heart of this ancient city is the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri, one of the most important Monuments in Fatehpur Sikri.
History of the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri
Built as a form of homage to the memory of the memory of the great Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, who, it is said, blessed the emperor with an heir to the Mughal throne in India, who was to be later known as Jahangir, Fatehpur Sikri was built in 1571 and stood as the capital of the Mughal empire till the year 1585. Finding its name in the prestigious list of heritage monuments as laid down by the renowned organization, UNESCO, Fatehpur Sikri is today one of the greatest prides of Indian culture. Perhaps, no other monument in Fatehpur Sikri can take credit for this honor as can the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri.
Description of the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri
Throwing light on the social system, which existed during the Mughal period, a trip to Fatehpur Sikri also reveals the intricacies of the Mughal system of governance. Perhaps nothing reflects the workings of that ancient age as well as does the Diwan-I-Aam in Fatehpur Sikri. Roughly translated as the hall for public audience, the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri is the durbar or hall where Emperor Akbar interacted with his subjects on a one to one basis.
Surrounded, by roads which were probably once lined with shops and stalls of a bustling capital city of the mighty Mughals, the entirety of the stretch of the roads in and around the Diwan-I-Aam in Fatehpur Sikri, today take us back to the age of its golden past. A stark contrast to the ornate decoration of the Diwan-i-Khas in Fatehpur Sikri, the simplicity of the Diwan-I-Aam, Fatehpur Sikri shows us another side of the emperor, in which we find shades of the benevolent despot as well as the broad minded ness which gave birth to the beautiful principles of Din I Ilahi, the religion which Emperor Akbar had founded and popularized.