|Qutb Shahi tombs, near Golconda(Hyderabad).Tomb of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah.en.wikipedia.org/|
|Qutb Shahi tombs, near Golconda (Hyderabad),S.India.Tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah.www.mindfreshtrips.com|
|Hamam or Mortuary Chamber at Qutb Shahi Tomb in Golconda in Hyderabad,S.India.www.alamy.com|
|Qutb Shahi tombs, near Golconda(Hyderabad),S.Indiawww.ghumakkar.com|
There are 30 tombs including the tombs of seven kings, their queens and children, members of the royal family and the officials who faithfully served the royal family, a mortuary bath and mosques. The dome shaped tombs forming a large cluster, stand on a raised platform with a square base surrounded by pointed arches, exhibiting a blend of Persian and Indian architectural style. These tombs were held in great veneration and well taken care of during the period of Qutb Shahi. After their reign, they fell into ruins. It was Sir. Salar Jung III, a great administrator as he was, who understood the historical value of these tombs, began the restoration work in the 19th century and restored the beauty of this monument. Each tomb is built on a broad quadrangle terrace that can be accessed from various sides by a flight of steps. At the center of every tomb lies the casket which crowns the vault with the crypt lying below. The tombs are surrounded by beautiful gardens that form the backdrop.
|Qutb Shahi tombs, near Golconda(Hyderabad)www.timesofindiatravel.|
The tomb of one Saint Shah Raju II was left incomplete but is revered as one of the most magnificent of all the Qutb Shahi Tombs.
Interestingly, most of the Qutb Shahi Kings reigned long enough to plan and execute a tomb just a little better and more exquisite than their predecessors. These tombs are considered to be the oldest historical monument in Hyderabad. A stricking feature of Qutb Shahi architecture is the fact that almost every tomb has a mosque attached adjacent to it.
The following are the seven tombs:
Tomb of Sultan Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk (He himself built his tomb; he was a patron of Urdu and Telugu; treated Hindus well; there was communal harmony.
Tomb of Jamsheed Quli Qutb Shah (not impressive record)
Tomb of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah: (He built the Hussain Sagar Lake and and developed Ibrahim Bagh. A partron of Telugu
Ibrahim's tomb - the largest tomb
Tomb of Sultan, Muhammad Qutub Shah
Tomb of Abdullah Qutb Shah (His reign saw the down fall of the dynsaty because of pressure from the Mogul Emperor Aurangazeb)
The tomb's structural design was such that, it has withstood the vagarious of tropical climate and weather through time, still reminding us the glorious past history of the Qutb Shahi rulers who lie buried here.
Thomas Gray's poem 'Elegy written in a country churchyard' comes to my mind:
''The paths of glory lead but to the grave''