Kolkata, September, 2022: The members of Youth Association of Mohammad Ali Park have taken up the
challenge to discover the theme “Sheesh Mahal” which was inaugurated today by: Sri. Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Member of Parliament & was attended by: Sri. Vivek Gupta, MLA; Smt. Rehana Khatun, Councillor & Borough Chairman; Smt. Smita Bakshi, Ex MLA; Sri. Sanjay Bakshi, Ex MLA; Sri. Rajesh Sinha, Councillor & many other eminent personalities. They will be completing 54th years of Durga Puja celebrations this year.
Sheesh Mahal is also known as the “Mirror Palace”. Gorgeous precious stones and glass, beautifully hand-crafted paintings make Sheesh Mahal a wonder. Mirror-work has long played a significant role in all types of decor, and Rajasthan takes the credit for introducing the world to novel ways of utilising mirrors. The need to beautify
affects all aspects of life in Rajasthan and was initially employed to decorate homes. But, in truth, the mirror was
first used as an adornment on the outside walls-embedded neatly on the mud walls. Small and circular in shape, these mirrors have an appealing design with white chalk surrounding them.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Surendra Kr. Sharma, General Secretary of Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja said,
“We have come up with the Sheesh Mahal theme this year since many people had requested us as they could not
visit Rajasthan but wanted to have a taste of the architecture in Kolkata itself. From the quintessential corners of the mind comes alive the wanderlust exploring the rich culture and heritage of an era gone by. To make the
celebrations even more vibrant and regal, we are designing this Mirror Palace as one of the magnificent piece of
architecture built with beautiful precious stones and glass and with beautiful handmade paintings.”
The wall and ceiling of the Pandal is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers which is made of pure glass and
precious stone. It consists of exquisite artwork. The reflection of light converts a small ray of light also into
thousand of stars and it looks fantastic and by this you can get an idea of what level of architecture has been used
in making this Pandal.
Jaipur’s Sheesh Mahal has stood testament to the changing time and evolving cityscape. Going back to why
Sheesh Mahal was built in ancient times at Rajasthan and what was the need of this. Many people have this question in their minds. This Mahal was made by glass in ancient days because the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars while sleeping. So the king ordered his architects to make that kind of mahal which could solve the problem. And the architects built Sheesh mahal which was built with stones and glass and in night the reflection of two candles in glass looks like stars in whole room. And second reason was that for palace built. The King used to shift from Sukh Niwas to Sheesh Mahal in winter season. The ceiling mirror glass reflection of the candles keep the room warm.
On this occasion, Mr. Ashok Ojha, Joint Secretary of Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja said, “With thousands of
flickering reflections, the Sheesh Mahal Pandal will illuminate its surroundings, bringing it to life. One can relive
the beautiful history of the palace at this Pandal. It will be a reflection of the beauty and grandeur of the royals of
Rajasthan. There are various paintings and artworks inside the Puja Mandap that will both interest and astound you. The craftsmanship of this pandal is breath-taking. The paintings of hunting murals on the walls and the distinctive mirror and glass work contribute to the venue’s splendour.”
About Youth Association of Md. Ali Park: One of the most popular Durga Pujas of Central Kolkata that one must visit is the Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja that is held every year and showcases magnificent architecture. The Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja Samity has won several awards in different categories and hence it is also considered as one of the prestigious Durga Puja in Kolkata which is organized by the Youth Association established in 1969. This is one of the most prestigious clubs of North & Central Kolkata.