Famous Hindi Quote says “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 😊
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.
When you first enter the Vicinity of this Majestic Structure you are just left spell-bound with the First look : the Replica of 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 🙂
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 –
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.
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! The Mahabat ka Maqbara is an Elegant tribute by the Nawab to his Brother-in-law quite different from the Taj Mahal 🙂 how lucky that Brother-in-law might have felt isn’t it !
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.
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.
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 one can even Imagination – for e.g. Look at this
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 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….
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 🙂 however I started with the 18-55 mm one and gradually went with the Zoom lens to capture the details!
This Place certainly has a Swag 😎 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 😡😡