Meena Bazaar in Agra Fort

Below the Diwan-i-Khas is the Meena Bazaar, a garden courtyard enclosed on three sides by a two-storey cloister, possibly built by Akbar, who certainly brought the bronze gates, on the north side, from Chittaurgarh Fort. Formerly, pools stood in the centre. The Jats, who defeated Mughals, removed the marble pools and their fountains in 1761. By traditions, Meena Bazaars had been held in the courtyard before its pools were excavated and the courtesans flirted between the stalls. It has even been surmised that Jahangir met Nur Jahan and Shah Jahan met Mumtaz for the first time at one of them. The bigot Aurangzeb is reputed to have commissioned the pools in order to put a stop to such immodest behavior.

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