Zanana Mina Bazar

It is a historical fact that there used to be a Mina Bazar (female handicraft market) in Agra Fort from Akbar's reign. But the building where it was held seems to have lost its identity. The only building which could have been used for this Bazar may have been Macchi Bhawan whose arcades and entrance on the south connecting it with ladies apartments of Khas Mahal. The Macchi Bhawan also has a marble pavilion where there should have been a bejewelled throne for the Emperor witnessing the activities of the Mina Bazar. Abul Fazl and other historians provide graphic accounts of this Bazar which was called Fancy Bazar, where the royal ladies and the wives and daughters of the Mughal nobility displayed and sold their goods, particularly gems, jewellery, embroidered clothes and other sophisticated things, particularly on the Nauzur or Khush Roz (Joyful Day) (Persian New Year day) celebrations.

The Emperor, the Queen, Princes and Princesses would bargain and purchase these items. Sometimes the Princes became interested in the daughters of noblemen and proposals were sent to the noblemen and vassals of the kingdom. It is said that Emperor Jahangir liked Mehrun Nisa later Nur Jahan Begam in this market who later on became the most powerful Queen of Jahangir's Empire. Similarly it is related that Shah Jahan fell in love with Arjunand Bano Begum, daughter of Asaf Khan in the Mina Bazar and married her who became the most favorite Queen as Mumtaz Mahal whose mausoleum Taj Mahal has no match in the whole world and now the seventh wonder of the Universe.

Diwan-i-Am green surroundings

Diwan-i-Am green surroundings