Where the King Resides....

by Old Monk November. 03, 2020 210 views

Isha Khan"s Tomb

Isha Khan"s Tomb

Cenotaph of Humayun

Cenotaph of Humayun

"There are very few places where you don't get bored my son...." a dialogue from iconic DIL CHAHTA HAI, which I find very close to my heart. Archeological and Historic sites are one of those places which captivate me the most. I love to wander in these stupendous and marvelous icons of the past, which are still enthralling us. Though some of them have weathered with time and got dilapidated yet they are trying to stand tall. Some of them are still standing magnificently and giving us a glimpse of their glorious past. The common thing between both of these kinds is they both are narrating their story by themselves. Monuments are beacons of history don't let them smother.

Throughout my journey, till now I have been lucky enough to get the time and chance to be in these beautiful places where our ancestors have written their grandiose past and left their mark in history and I believe we must imbibe the essence of their history because it is not just their story it is ours.

The featured photographs are of famous Humayun's Tomb located in Delhi and is declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. It was the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent and was also the first structure where red sand stone was used at such a scale. Humayun did not plan his own tomb as he did not expect to die so soon at the age of 55 and was tragically died (in 1556) after falling down from his library Din Pannah in the Purana Quila while hastily descending the staircase for evening prayers, so the task of erecting a monument to his memory was left to Bega Begum or Haji Begum ,his first wife, with monetary support from her stepson Akbar. Construction began in 1565 and was completed in 1572. After his death Humyun was first buried in his Palace in Purana Quila at Delhi but after the attack by Hemu, it was unearthed and moved to temperory tomb at Sirhind (Kalanaur) Punjab where Emperor Akbar was crowned and finally being moved to the tomb in 1971.
Apart from a resting place for Emperor Humayun, Tomb is also have cenotaphs of his wives Haji Begum and Hamida Begum, his great great grandson Darah Shukoh as well as of other subsequent Mughals like Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar etc.
You can also find the other tombs in the Complex which belongs to Isha Khan Niyazi (An Afgan Noble in the court of SherShah Suri) and Afsarwala. Isha Khan's tomb was constructed in 1547 and is my personal favorite one in the complex.

The whole complex is a very beautiful monument and an epitome of Glorious past of India.

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Chuck Staruch 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Very interesting history and great photo's. Learning so much from the travels of others!

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Impressive place and some good info.

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Old Monk Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 2 weeks ago

thanks a lot berckmans peter...m glad u like it grinning

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This one brings me back good memories

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Old Monk Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

its my pleasure antonio that it touched a part of your heart... thank you smile

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