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Chhajjas

Chhajjas

Like a stone awning, a chhajja is a "thin sloping projection of stone resembling a cornice."1 "Pavilions often had awnings to shade their interiors or extend their space beyond the building."2 Thus, chhajjas protect pavilions from the outside elements. A chhajja is a distinct element of Mughal architecture that is easy to recognize.


1. Philip Davies, The Penguins Guide to Indian Monuments, vol. 2, Islamic, Rajput, European (London: Penguin Books, 1989), 594.

2. J.L. Wescoat Jr., "Gardens, Pavilions, and Tents: The Art of Shelter," in Architecture in Islamic Arts: Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum, ed.  Margaret S. Graves and BenoĆ®t Junod (Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011), 241.

Illustrations

White Chhatri Chajja
Chhajjas are a very distinct element of Mughal architecture.
Roof Dalan Chajja
A Large Chhajja Sheilding the Roof Dalan from the Hot Indian Sun
Blue Chhatri
A Blue Chhatri with a Chajja Below its Dome

Additional Information

A formal bibliography is posted on the outline page.
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