Mahabat ka Maqbara

By January 25, 2017Journey

Famous Hindi Quote says ย “Saari Khudaee Ek Taraf- Aur Joru ka Bhai Ek Taraf !”

Meaning : It says – The Greatest of the Relations Which you share in the World are way too small compared to the relationship which you share with your Beloved Wife’s Brother ! Rightly said isn’t it : You want to fill the Entire World of Happiness for your Love and her Loved ones isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mahabat ka Maqbara

What is the Connection- The Nawab of Junagadh Mahabat Kanji wanted to do the Same thing Unsusal for his Wife : started the Construction of this Marvel popularly called as Mahabat Ka Maqbara for his Brother in law : Bahuddin Husseinwala who also happened to the Wazir of the Royal Legacy. The Structure below has the Tomb of the Bahudddin Husseinwala with his 2wives.

It is called Mahabat ka Maqbara – As it is built by Mahabat Kanji for his Vazir & Brother-in-law : Bahuddin Husseinwala

When you first enter the Vicinity of this Majestic Structure you are just left spell-bound with the First look : the Replica of ย Amazing masterpiece, the Symmetry the Diagonals of the Minaras…So clean and Elegant yet Soo Strong ! You need to be Perfect to Replicate the Majestic Taj Mahal of Agra right ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomb of the Beloved !

Just next to this structure you find the Maqbara of Mahabat Kanji Himself with his Wife. The Gothic Style Windows, Arches : Islamic inscriptions and Indian Style Perpendicular Round Domes. If I were to describe this place it would be “Creative Khichdi” every inch of this Masterpiece is sculpted to Perfection – be it the Persian Style of Floral patterns or the Islamic inscription. The place is Such A Visual Treat to the Eye. Coming back to the Main Mahabat ka Maqbara –

Look at that Minara – Ruined but yet Strong and Beautiful!

Coming to the Main Structure of Maqbara – The Central Dome of the Structure is surrounded by Minaras in the 4 directions Ditto like Taj Mahal – Here the Distinctive edge is the Style and Symmetry of the Ladderswhich run parallel to each Other.

People around love hanging around the Minara I Guess ๐Ÿ™‚

The Staircase of the Minaras are beautifully designed and detailed. However the Condition of the Front 2 Minaras is pathetic. They are in a Shaky kinda situation right now. If not pampered now, they might fall down at moment. So climbing up was a Risky task for me as the Locals there earned me about it! ย The Mahabat ka Maqbara is an Elegant ย tribute by the Nawab to his Brother-in-law quite different from the Taj Mahal ๐Ÿ™‚ how lucky that Brother-in-law might have felt isn’t it !

Elegant Dome – Floral details and Islamic inscriptions this place takes you a Different era !

How creative and Amazing The Craftsmen must have been during that time man * the Dome and the Main Structure are crafted quite beautifully but the Minaras just steal the Show completely, the fascination with the Circular Stairs is such that the Main Dome feels quite neglected.

You can actually walk and step inn through the Stairs however they are struggling for a New Life !ย 

The Structure here has a Creative Amalgamation of Indo-Islamic Architecture infused with Beautiful Persian floral details, Islamic inscriptions, Gothic Styled Window Porches. However the Use of all these different elements is varied and done quite rightfully. Nowhere you find that : It is overdone by the Craftsmen nor it look Shabby.

Look what I see from one of the Minara !

Looking from this Point of Minara : I get to see the colourful Domes stretched far and wide. This is the Second Adjacent Maqbara or the Dome of the King with his Queen. I totally feel I : Gothic Elements overpowers this Masterpiece which is sculpted to Perfection! Every inch of this marvel is designed so well beyond ย one can even Imagination – for e.g. Look at this

It is totally constructed with the Mantra : Just one Life – Give it all you Have truely !

The Corridors have an Islamic feel, filled with Symmetry of flowers patterns and lines influenced by the Hindu Temple Architecture however that hollow Window takes you back to Gothic style of Tower very similar to what we find at V.T station in Mumbai

The Arches !

The Upper deck of the Maqbara is total Visual Cocktail of Architectural Elements – there are snakes, there is a Family of Perpendicular domes in increasing order of their Size and Structure. I feel like hell- I want to frame this this this….

Perpendicular domes dominate the Scene completely!

You can spend an Entire day with a Camera in your Hand – that too in A confused State of Mind as Which lens should I Start with, what and how many pics will do the Justice portraying this Magical Masterpiece ๐Ÿ™‚ however I started with the 18-55 mm one and gradually went with the Zoom lens to capture the details!

Stunning gothic Windows!

This Place certainly has a Swag ๐Ÿ˜Ž It transports you to an Era which is Royal ,Creative and certainly influential. This Mahabat ka Maqbara is bang opposite the Junagadh High Court. So if you are in the High Court : looking at this Maqbara will leave you mesmerised and entangled with various emotions!

I had to been this Place in the Month of July when the monsoons played an Eminent role of this Trip. As a result I could see a lot of Drama happening above in the Sky, Clouds pouring inn…dehazing the Skyline and clearing it altogether. However I feel like kicking myself as this was lying in the drive for over 5 months from Now and just hatched eggs over it ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

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4 Comments

  • Mridula says:

    I loved to see this through your pictures. I definitely wish to see it with my own eyes too!

    • Pooja Bhatt says:

      Yes Mam, Do Plan it Soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe your Visit there : Can motivate the Gujarat Tourism – to work out something Special for Maintaining this Wonderful Architectural Site; and also Promoting it ! As it does need some Administrative Supervision and Amendments for its Maintenance. Glad you liked this Structure through my Eyes Mam ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have never heard about this place till now. Nice travelog with all minute details. Keep them coming.

    • Pooja Bhatt says:

      I have been seeing this Amazing Architecture since my Childhood ๐Ÿ™‚ Was always fascinated by its Charm now that I learned a bit of Writing and framing the Pics – I wanted to get started with this Masterpiece so Had to write about it. Eventually this should help me in creating the City Guide for city of Junagadh and Gir National Park n Sanctuary. I think I have written too much ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you liked it Anindya !

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