The Mystical Tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq in Delhi
Location: South of Tughlaqabad Fort, New Delhi
Had the rulers of the medieval period not been so fond of architecture, Delhi would not have been the same heritage kernel as it is today! One such architecture enthusiast was Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, the first Tughlaq ruler of India. As soon as he was coroneted to the throne, he embarked on a construction programme to fortify Tughlaqabad. Being a ruler of architectural affinity, how could he not have have made a tomb for himself! Located in the southern side of the Tughlaqabad fort, the tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq was accustomed between 1320 AD- 1325 AD along with the grand fort.
Following the causeway that leads to the dry-bed of a lake, you see a small pentagone like structure enclosed in a private courtyard with fortified walls. Designed in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture, the tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq follows the trademark style of the buildings belonging to the Tughlaq Dynasty. Red sandstone and White Marbles have been utilized for embellishing this petite structure which houses three graves within itself. Apart from his own, the two graves belong to his wife and son. Once a magnificent edifice, the tomb now remains as rugged structure.
As ironical as it sounds, a devout lover of architecture built only a small and simple mausoleum for himself, that too camouflaged by the grandeur of the Tughlaqabad fort. Visiting this small tomb can be the only homage to this liberal ruler who died a cursed death!
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