Inside Soneri Mahal.
Soneri Mahal, the golden palace is situated on the outskirts of the main Aurangabad city, inside the campus of the B.R. Ambedkar Marathwada University. It is the middle of a scenic beauty with a backdrop of the Satara mountain range. This building made of stone and lime has wild luxuriant pastures, which add to its grandeur. The palace gets its name from the paintings made in pure gold water which adorn its interiors.
This monument was built by a Bundelkhand chief, Paharsingh who accompanied Aurangzeb to the Deccan during his invasion. After being loyal to the Mughals for quite some time, Paharsingh established his way over this region in 1651. Later on, Soneri Mahal became the residence of Paharsingh. This evidence is also supported by the tomb of Lala Hardaul, who was his step-brother. It is said that it took 50,000 rupees in 1652 for the construction of this building, however, it was priced only at 26,400 when it was sold to the Nizam of Hyderabad by the then Raja Mahendra Virsinghdev Bahadur.
The entrance of the palace is dominated by an impressive and imposing gateway and an arched enclosure wall. The building is a two storeyed structure standing on a high plinth. There is a pillared front all with numerous rooms at the back. There are two narrow staircases which lead to the upper levels. The first floor of the palace now houses a small history museum, which has nine galleries displaying antiquities like sculptures, paintings, ornaments, weaponry etc. The Soneri Mahal is now a State Protected Monument.
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