Kaas PDF

Hall of Private Audiences, in the Red Fort of Delhi built in 1571 was the place where the Mughal emperor Akbar received courtiers and state guests. It was also known as the Shah Mahal. A gate on the north side of the preceding Diwan-i-Am audience hall led to the innermost court of the palace called Jalau Khana and the Diwan-i-Khas. Originally there were two kaas PDF on the west of the hall, one for the nobles and the other for those of a lower rank.


It measures 90 x 67 feet. It consists of a rectangular central chamber, surrounded by a series of arches rising from marble piers. The lower parts of the piers are inlaid with floral designs, while the upper portions are painted and gilded. The four corners of the roof are surmounted by pillared chhatri. The ceiling, which was originally inlaid with silver and gold, was stripped bare by successive financial crises of the empire by the Jats or Marattas.

The current ceiling was installed in 1911. The later Peacock Throne from after Nadir Shah’s invasion once stood in this hall, towards the east side. The building used to have red awnings, or shamianas. The interior was completely plundered following the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The throne, the carpets, and any other items went missing.