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Navlakha Palace, Bihar Overview

Situated in Rajnagar on the eastern bank of River Kamla, near Madhubani district of Bihar, Navlakha Palace, also known as Rajnagar Palace, is an ancient royal palace which is a popular heritage building in the region. Built by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh, the palace formerly boasted of well paved gardens, tinkering ponds, temple complexes and the like. However, it suffered major loss and extensive damage in 1934 when an earthquake hit it. It has never been repaired and currently lies in ruins. However, even then, it boasts of old world charm and brilliant architecture and still visited by tourists and locals frequently.

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Architecture of Navlakha Palace

Navlakha Palace has a central tower which is seven storeys. Originally, it had a Durga Bhawan towards the north end of the complex. The bhawan has a glittering pond in the front and a pearly white marble temple dedicated to Goddess Kali to its north. The Durga Bhawan is still in function while the other structures have been dismantled. It is also made in ivory marble and resemble the Taj Mahal. The portico has four arches resting on cement elephants. There is a functioning family room in the building called the Gausani Ghar which houses the family deity. It is here that you can also find the oldest existing Mithila painting.

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