Jharoka

 

jharokha (or jharoka) is a type of overhanging enclosed balcony used in Indian architecture, typically Rajputana architecture, Mughal architecture, and Rajasthani architecture. Jharokhas jutting forward from the wall plane could be used both for adding to the architectural beauty of the building itself or for a specific purpose. One of the most important functions it served was to allow women in purdah/veil to see the events outside without being seen themselves. Alternatively, these windows could also be used to position archers and spies.

The projected balcony is an essential element of Rajasthani architecture, both as decoration and as a viewing platform. The chajjas – sloping eaves that projected out above the balconies – increase protection from both the summer sun and monsoon rain. Jharokhas are mainly used in palaces, havelis and temples.

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