Jahangir's Hauz

Hauz-i-Jahangiri (Jahangir's Bath). The lithic bath basin is now seen in front of the entrance of the so-called Jahangiri Mahal. This circular bath bowl is carved out of a single block of granite.

The monolithic tank (hauz) is 1.22 m. deep, 2.4 m. in diameter and 7.62 m. in circumference at the rim which indicates that it was not buried into the ground and was mobile so that it could be transported and used in the camp as well as in the harem for bathing.

A Persian versified inscription in the Nasta'liq script was carved in relief which mentions 1611 as the year of its construction. The date coincides with the marriage of Jahangir with Nur Jahan Begam. Therefore, it is evidenced that it might have been presented to her as one of the marriage gifts.

This basin was discovered from the ruins of one of the courts of Akbars palace in Agra Fort in 1843 and placed in front of the Diwan-i-Am, from here it was removed to Public gardens (Company Gardens) where it suffered damages. John Marshall, then Director General of Archaeological Survey of India, brought it back to Agra Fort in 1907 and placed it where it is now located and most probably, gave the name Jahangiri Mahal because of the reference to Jahangir in its inscription though it is only a part of Akbars' Bengali Mahal.

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