Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tomb of Salim Chishti, Fathepur Sikri

The courtyard of Fathepur Sikri has several magnificent monuments. Built between 1580 and 1581, the tomb of Salim Chishti is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. It is the burial place of the famous Sufi saint, Salim Chisti. It was built by Emperor Akbar as a mark of his respect for the Sufi saint. The Saint had predicted the birth of his son Jahangir.

This was initially built in red sand stone and then later converted into white marble structure. The tomb is on the top of a platform and a flight of five steps lead one to its entrance. The tomb is at the center of the main hall i.e., covered by a single semi-circular dome. The door to the main chamber is beautifully carved and has inscriptions from the Koran.

The carved and painted tomb chamber has a white marble floor i.e., inlaid with multicolored stones. All around the building there are delicate marble screens on all sides. They are of different patterns.

42 comments:

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Amazing architecture. The delicate marble screens are beautiful

kavita said...

Love the marble screen in your second picture.

Lowell said...

Sure beats a simple gravestone. My goodness, the amount of work and money that went into this. But it is, as you say, magnificent.

Steffi said...

Great post and photos,Rajesh!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful tomb and a such peaceful skies! Wonderful post for the day, Rajesh! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Spectacular as usual!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

Good shots at the tomb.

HansHB said...

A lovely post. Great to see!
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Photo Cache said...

the details are superb, as always.

Laura said...

the door is magnificent...such skill and devotion to create something so beautiful.

Mina fotostunder said...

Beautiful shots!

Al said...

Fabulous monuments and details.

Saru Singhal said...

It is indeed a very fine architecture. Second shot is too good. Thanks for sharing!

Jim said...

Great shots.
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ladyfi said...

What a lovely place. The second photo is gorgeous.

Leovi said...

I like those pictures, very bright, definitely a nice place.
Saludos.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

10 years back I was here and have some good memories, The jali window is a good capture

Annemor said...

This must be a very beatiful sight, in real life.
Thank you for showing and sharing
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Jeevan said...

Amazingly built! The work with marbles is mesmerizing.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos of an amazing building...

Kim, USA said...

Wow amazing view!

Kim,USA

George said...

The marble screen is exquisite, but the entire structure is beautiful.

Joyful said...

Beautiful shots. I agree with George (above).

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful! Greetings from Brasov!

Cezar and Léia said...

Impressive architecture,The first picture is impressive!
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Chubby Chieque said...

The tomb chamber is fave. So much beauty in India and i guess, a must to see.

We'll see what happen on summer. We might pop up in India, §:-) as you persuade my urge to come and visit your country. Fascinating.

Happy SSS,
/C

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love the window....so intricate & beautiful!

Kelly said...

This is beautiful architecture and I really like that last shot.

Joan said...

Beautful post.
The white marble is such a contract with the others surrounding it. It really brings your eye right to it.

eden said...

What a beautiful place! Beautiful shots.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What amazing architecture and a nice reflection. The marble screens are unbelievable. I have never been to India, but your photos are compelling.

jewaicious said...

What beautiful captures. The architecture is stunning.

Genie said...

What a time place to be buried. It is beautiful. Once again, beautiful photography of extraordinary architecture.Love the water pool in the foreground. genie

toby said...

That marble lace is just breathtaking - wow! Amazing find, thanks for sharing it with us!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the beautiful architecture.

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

lovely

Arumugam Easwar said...

Awesome, to say the least.

Arti said...

Beautiful peaceful place, especially love the last picture.

Panchali said...

Beautiful.....

AmitAag said...

Spectacular pictures, Rajesh:)
Thank you!

Bushra said...

Cool capture! Beautiful place indeed! Truly a legendary monument!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating the beautiful place.