The residence reserved
for the visit of the President of India. At Jal Lakshan one presence
is permanently in attendance. The collection off portraits of Maratha
chieftains. A theory proposes, that Sir Battle Frere commissioned
Theodore Jensen to paint this series after the Mutiny of 1857. With
his brushes and oils, Jensen actualised the proud bearing and mien of
The paintings were brought to Government House. This
artistic effort was also prompted by political expediency. Frere had
hoped this tribute would placate the leaders and persuade them to
accept British suzerainty.
Jal Lakshan awaits
another presence, the visit of the President. In environs befitting
his stature, the President invites visitors to the grand receiving
rooms. The guests are ushered in and they join the President, seating
themselves on the carved furniture gilded with gold.
The Presidential Suite
also houses a valuable collection of Mughal Miniatures.