The Mahtie Mahal, Beejapore
Artist: Nash, Alexander (fl. 1834-1846)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the Mehtar Mahal at Bijapur in Karnataka by Alexander Nash (fl. 1834-1846) between 1844 and 1845. This image is from an album 19 drawings depicting the monuments of Bijapur and the hill forts of Dejouri and Purandhar, made during a Revenue Survey of the Deccan. Nash served with the Bombay Engineers and from 1836 was mainly employed in the Revenue Survey of the Deccan, first as an assistant and from 1841 as Superintendent.
The Mehtar Mahal or ‘Sweeper’s Palace’(c.1620 ) was said to have been built by a sweeper to whom Ibrahim Adil Shah gave a huge sum of money on the advice of a soothsayer so that he could recover from leprosy. The monument is a small but elegant gateway covered with ornamental detail and surmounted by two slender minarets leading to the Mehtar Mosque. The flat stone roof is supported by brackets of delicately carved birds and rows of swans.