There are several political and democratic buildings which are spread throughout the country. But a structure, that spoke of democracy in the times of the British and the kings seems to be unheard of.
Kapurthala’s built heritage survives to this day as a Maharaja Jagatjit Singh’s Fiesty spirit. Built on the predilection for French culture and the capital Kapurthala popularly being called the “Paris of the Punjab”, the Maharaja himself earned the title “Shahjahan of Kapurthala”.
The Durbar Hall represents the Indo-Saracenic style. A beautiful upper deck gallery runs on both sides of the hall. It unfolds stylized domes and canopies, and superb latticework executed in stone. Facing the massive wooden door of the main entrance is a splendid bronze statue of Raja Randhir Singh.
It holds a special place in architectural history of Punjab; it’s not only a Place of justice but also a place of gathering, meetings, and public interactions. The hall executes a perfect blend of public and private space. With it’s highly glorifying decor and style, its features look significant and distinctive. The hall is a classical touch of European and Roman style. It exhibits distinct features from columns, domes, arches to triangular pediments
The Durbar Hall was the place where the oppressed could reach out with their problems, certain that justice will be served. With its phenomenal architecture style and absorbing history, The Durbar Hall is indeed a forgotten gem in the heritage that we have inherited from our ancestors.