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Designed Homes Of The Dead Part II: 8 Prominent Tombs In India Which Are Famous For Architectural Structures

Tomb of Mahabat Maqbara

After Part I we present another eight tombs in India which are famous for its rich architectural value.

Cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula, Murshidabad

cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula

The cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula or Khoshbag is located at the Bhagirathi river bank. Basically, Khoshbag is the home of the tombs of Nawabs from the Afshar dynasty. The tomb is also shared by Siraj’s wife Luft-un-nisa and his grandfather Alivardi Khan. Khoshbag covers the area of 7.65 acres of land.

Tomb of Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan, Murshidabad

Katra Masjid

Tomb of Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan or Katra Masjid is located in the north-eastern side of the city of Murshidabad and built between 1723 and 1724. The Nawab was buried under the entrance staircase. The most prominent feature of this tomb is the two large corner towers having loopholes for musketry. It is now protected by the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India.

Eklakhi Mausoleum, Pandua

Eklakhi Mausoleum

It is the tomb of Jalaluddin, the convert son of King Ganesh. It is the most elegant monument in Pandua and one of the first square brick tombs in Bengal with a carved Ganesh on the doorway. The mausoleum also has grave of his wife and son.

Gol Gumbaz, Karnataka

Gol Gumbaz

It is the tomb of the Sultan of Bijapur, Mohammad Adil Shah. It was completed in 1656 by the architect Yaqut of Dabul. The name finds its roots from Gola gummata deriving from Gol Gombadh meaning “circular dome”. It is constructed as per the Deccan architecture.

Isa Khan’s Tomb, Delhi

Isa Khan's Tomb

Isa Khan’s tomb is located inside the Humayun’s tomb complex. This tomb predates the Humayun’s Tomb by almost two decades. Isa Khan Niyazi was a noble of influence at the court of Sher Shan Suri. A mosque and an octagonal tomb built in the Sur style are enclosed in Isa Khan’s walled complex.

Tomb of Safdarjung, Delhi

Safdarjung's Tomb

The tomb is a marble and sandstone mausoleum and built in 1754 in the late Mughal empire style for the statesman Safdarjung. The monument has an ambiance of spaciousness and an imposing presence with its domed and arched red brown and white coloured structures.

Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh

Tomb of Mahabat Khan

Mahabat Maqbara or mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai is a beautiful tomb in Junagadh. The architecture of the tomb is splendid, the arches, domes and towering minarets.  It has finely carved silver doors. Its art and architecture make it one of the city’s most important historical landmarks. Mahabat Maqbara also has the tombs of Mahabat Khanji and Bahauddin Maqbara of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, vizir of Nawab Rasul Khanji.

Tomb of Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri

Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti

This tomb is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectures in India. It was build in 1580-1581 along with the imperial complex at Fatehpur Sikri near Zenana Rauza and facing south towards Buland Darwaza, within the quadrangle of the Jama Masjid. This is the burial place of Sufi Saint Salim Chisti. Akbar constructed this tomb as a mark of his respect for the Sufi saint, who foretold the birth of Akbar’s son, who was named Prince Salim after the Sufi Saint.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas

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