Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 37
The Audience Hall called the Gagan Mahal or Heavenly Palace was completed in 1561. Fergusson (II, 277) criticizes the central arch, 60 feet wide, as "too like an engineering work to be satisfactory." In the architect's defense, it might be said that only with such a broad arch could people in the hall get an unobstructed view of the space before them, which was used for various military displays. Cousens adds a bit more atmosphere with his remark (p. 61) that "it is said, that, in this hall, Aurangzib received the submission from the king Sikandar and his nobles on the fall of Bijapur."
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