It’s been a hectic fortnight at work, with lots of travel and lots of PowerPoint presentations. It must be a sign of severe addiction, considering how restless I felt, not being able to blog!
Couple of posts back, I had shared photographs of Agrasen Ki Baoli, a beautiful step-well built some 500 hundred years back.
Today I want to share some photographs of the first Islāmic tomb of India, built nearly 800 years back!
Sultan Ghari was built by Iltutmish, the third Sultan of the Slave Dynasty. Just to put things into perspective, the 1st Sultan of the Slave Dynasty was Qutub Ud Din Aibak, who built the famous Qutub Minar in Delhi. Sultan Ghari was built Iltutmish, in memory of his eldest son, who was being groomed as his successor, but had an untimely death.
It is said that the sudden death of his son, left Iltutmish overcome with grief, and in his memory he built the tomb. He himself died 5 years later. His daughter, Razia Sultan, soon acceded to the throne of Delhi, becoming the first and only lady ruler of both the Sultanate and Mughal period.
The crypt or the tomb is inside a Ghari (Cave), hence the name Sultan Ghari. The cave is covered by an octagonal roof slab. The exterior structure of the tomb is built with Delhi sandstone with marble adornments. It has a walled area with bastions, making it look like a tiny fort.
Some more photographs of the people I met inside the building.
Hope you enjoy the photographs. 🙂