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  • Durbar Hall

    Durbar Hall - 2-ton chandelier hanging from the height of 33 metres. Known during the British rule as Throne Room. There were 2 separate thrones for the Viceroy and Vicereine which have now been replaced by a simple chair for the President. A Statue of Gautam Buddha belonging to Gupta period, 5 Century, A.D, benedicting from behind. Used for State functions: Defence Investiture ceremony, conferring of Padma Awards, etc.

  • Marble Hall

    Statues of King George V and Queen Mary, life size and bust size oil portraits of former Viceroys and Governors General, the silver chair for the Queen, the brass replica of British Crown.

  • Museum

    Museum has etchings of Thomas Daniel and William Daniel and autographed photographs of several Heads of States. Also on display are a number of gift items received by the President during visits abroad or during India and from visiting Heads of State at New Delhi including a dry sunflower which adorned the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi on January 31, 1948, 1 K.M. long thread of superfine Khadi spun by a weaver in Nadia Dist. (West Bengal), the 640 Kg. silver chair used by King Emperor at the Delhi Durbar in 1911-12.

  • North Drawing Room

    North Drawing Room for receiving visiting Heads of State. Two paintings are conspicuous: Transfer of power on August 14 by Shri S.N. Goshal and Swearing-in ceremony of First Indian Governor General by Shri Thakur Singh.

  • Ashoka Hall

    The Ashoka Hall, which gives the feel of a large jewel box, is a rectangle measuring 32 metres by 20 metres. It was originally built as the State Ballroom: it has a wooden floor,a central dance space, and three vestibules. Unlike most halls and chambers in Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Ashoka Hall has a painted ceiling. The painting is in the Persian style.

    The main painting on the roof depicts a royal hunting expedition while those towards the corners show scenes from court life. Dark colours predominate. And because the painting has been done on leather, even white takes on a brown tint. The work was commissioned by Lady Willingdon when her husband was Viceroy.

  • Banquet Hall

    State Dinning Hall, now known as Banquet Hall. Can seat 104 persons. Portraits of all former Presidents embellish its walls. An assortment of medieval arms on display.

  • Yellow Drawing Room

    Yellow Drawing Room is used for smaller State functions like swearing-in of Comptroller and Auditor General, Chief Election Commissioner and induction of a solitary Minister in the Union Council of Ministers. Grey Drawing Room is adjacent to Yellow Drawing Room and is used for reception and is used for serving refreshments to guests at these meetings.

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