About: Naubat or Naqqar Khana

About - Naubat or Naqqar Khana (Red Fort, Delhi, India)

The Naubat or Naqqar Khana (drum house) stands at the entrance of the palace area and was used for playing music five times a day at chosen hours. Faced with red stone, it is a large three-storied building, rectangular on plan. Carved designs on its red stone walls appear to have been originally painted with gold, while the interior was painted in other colors. Several layers of these paintings can be traced even now in the entrance chamber.

The later Mughal Kings Jahandar Shah (1712-13) and Farrukhsiyar (1713-19) are said to have been murdered in the Naubat Khana.

(This photo was taken at Red Fort in Delhi)