Saturday, March 28, 2009

Abdur Rahim khan-i-khana’s tomb 600 years,and still going strong

Mirza Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khana was the son of Bairam Khan and served both Akbar and Jahangir. He was a great scholar who knew several languages and wrote couplets in Hindi.

Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khana’s tomb in Nizamuddin. The tomb was built by Rahim with red sandstone and Delhi quartzite in memory of his wife in 1598. The grave of Rahim, who died in 1627, is carved with stucco work and intricate patterns. On the first floor of the tomb, there is a cenotaph of Rahim.

From the tomb we went to a site which was a market during those times. It had many gates and one of the southern gates was called Arab Ki Saraai, built by Haji Begum for the 300 people she called from Arabia to recite Quran.

Then we went to Neela Gumbad, a dome made with blue tiles and carved with beautiful flowers and other colourful patterns. The trip was a remarkable experience for all of us and made us aware of our heritage.

1 comment:

Julie said...

very interesting architecturally. good commentary also