Sultan Gharis Tomb
About 8km from the Qutub Minar, on road from andheria More, is Sultan
Ghari's tomb. It was built by Altamash in 1231 for his son and
heir-apparent Nasiruddin Mahmud, who died in battle in 1229 in
Lakhnauti (Lucknow). It is built in the same style as the
Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and is assembled from assorted destroyed Hindu
temples and other buildings.
¤ The Insides of The Tomb
You approach the octagonal tomb-chamber from a raised courtyard.
Under a rubble-built platform the tomb is built like a crypt (ghar).
The platform is encompassed by rows of columns on the east and west
sides and the other sides are plain walls. These together with the
domed parapets on the corners make the tomb look more like a fortress.
It is possible that the corridors of this tomb were at one time used
as a madrasa. In the centre of the western wing there is a marble
prayer niche which is richly and profusely embellished all over with
verses from the Holy Quran.
¤ Other Attractions
Th exterior of the tomb had been grey sandstone to begin with, but
Feroze Shah Tughlaq (1351-88) changed all that and had it faced all
over with marble. Next to the Sultan Ghari tomb, lie the tombs of the
other two sons of Altamash Ruknuddin Feroze Shah (died 1237) and
Muizzudin Bahram Shah (died 1241), who occupied the throne of Delhi
for very brief periods, before and after the sultan's favorite child
and heir Raziya Sultana.
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