Mushk Mahal is an interesting good looking palace located in Attapur. It was built during the Qutub Shahi dynasty in 17th century. Mushk Mahal was built by Miyan Mishk and so the palace is named after him.
About Mushk Mahal
Miyan Mishk was the Abyssinian guard of Abul Hasan Qutb Shah. He was gifted ten acres of land by the dynasty ruler. Abul Hasan Tana Shah was the ruler during the time of construction of Mushk Mahal. He was the last ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. This is the only palace of Qutub Shahi period existing today in the outskirts of Golkonda fort. We can see many mosques of Qutub Shahi period existing today but there are no palaces. There were many palaces in the outskirts of Golkonda fort during the Qutub Shahi dynasty but later one by one got ruined.
Mushk Mahal Architecture
This palace is a symmetrical two storey building with beautiful architecture. It is built in the Qutub Shahi style of architecture with granite and limestone. The palace has a different structure at the centre taking the form of an octagon. It has beautiful pointed arched openings, a huge balcony and a staircase leading to the open roof and the excellent stucco work adds beauty to the palace. The top floor of the palace is elevated at a height of seven meters which was served has the zenana. The lower floor has spacious chambers with low height walls which were used for sleeping and taking rest. The roof of the first floor is beautifully designed. It contains stone cornice with projected brackets.
It is said that this palace was an amazing structure with different features surrounding it. Archeological department says, it had a beautiful garden with a fountain in the front which got ruined as days passed.
There’s a Masjid nearby the palace at a walkable distance which is known as the Badi Masjid Qutub Shahi. This Masjid was built in the Qutub Shahi style of architecture but later many changes were made to the structure.
Current condition of the Mahal
Mushk Mahal is getting ruined as the days are passing. The octagonal shaped drum structure is a good looking centre of attraction of the palace but it has lost its sheen. The plants and shrubs are growing around and even on the palace walls.
The stone of the walls got exposed due to the peeled off plaster. This structure is not under the state archaeology department or Archaeological Society of India. This Mahal is considered as a heritage building. It will become a good place to visit if maintained well and restored with its previous glory.