Sunday, 6 May 2018

Amazing Mogul ruler Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra, Agra

front facade. Akbar's tomb, Sikendra. en.wikipedia.org
Akbar's tomb, interior, Sikandra mountainsoftravelphotos.com
Great Mogul ruler  Akbar's tomb, built in1604–1613, is  in a vast land comprising 119 acres in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh.  Located in the western periphery of the city, Akbar chose the site on which he wanted to have his tomb built. He started the construction work and its design is a blend of Hindu, Islamic and European styles. It was Salim (Jahangir) who completed the tomb. The entrance from the road was built to look  like  that of Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri. Sikandra is the last resting place of the Mogul emperor  Akbar,  a great lover of  arts, literature and  philosophy.
Mogul ruler Akbar's tomb, interior, Sikandra. Alam
Akbar's tomb, Sikendra. Justdial
Raja Ram Jat, a leader of the jats  in order to revenge his father's death revolted against the mogul rule under Aurangzeb and took control of Agra. Further, his rampaging  forces  plundered and  looted  the beautiful tomb, removing  gold, silver jewels, carpets, etc. On top of it, what the Jat  leader did was not a palatable one, he disturbed Akbar's  grave and removed the bones.  On hearing the ransacking of Akbar's tomb, Aurangzeb got wild, finally caught hold of Rajaram Jat and killed him without showing any remorse.  Lord Curzon  top British official (during the Raj), who was  particular about safeguarding old Indian monuments, took serious initiative and and carried out extensive repairs  on Akbar's tomb to bring it back to old glory.
Sikandra.Akbar's cenotaph inside the mausoleum,en.wikipedia.org.
Akbar's tomb, Sikandra.Gallery around the cenotaph, wikipedia
Sikandra is in the suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road (NH2), 8 km west-northwest of the city center, and lots of tourists visit Akbar's tomb.  It  is named after Sikandar Lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517. The tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and the mother of Jahangir lies just one kilo meter from this tomb. 
Akbar's tomb, Sikandra near Agra. North India Tour Packages

Built in typical Mogul style the tomb is  a four-tiered pyramid, surmounted by a marble pavilion containing the false tomb as it is common in Mogul- type of Mausoleum. The real  tomb with mortal remains is in the basement. The tomb itself  is enclosed in a walled enclosure 105 m square. The entire  building is made of  deep red sandstone, fused diligently  with features in white marble. The tomb is adorned with decorated inlaid panels of marble, etc and  black slate. 
Geometric patterns, floral designs and fine calligraphy dominate the panel designs.
 The south gate forms the main entry and is the largest one  with four white  tall minarets capped with marble chhatri  that resemble those of the Taj Mahal. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar%27s_tomb