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Mirza Muqim Abul-Mansur Khan, also known as Safdar-Jang (1708-1754) was holding the exalted position as the Viceroy of Oudh under Mogul ruler Muhammad Shah (1719-48) and later on prime minister (Vizier) under Ahmad Shah (1748-54), 13th Mogul ruler in 1748 at the age of 22. Safdar-jang was a descendant of Qara Yusuf from the Kara Koyunlu. In 1739, he succeeded his father-in-law and maternal uncle, the Burhan ul Mulk Saadat Ali Khan I to the throne of Oudh (now part of UP), apparently by paying Nadir Shah twenty million rupees. It was the Mogul Emperor Muhammad Shah gave him the title of "Safdar Jang".
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The towers or chatris are octagonal in shape and its layout has four pavilions which have multiple chambers and the entrance gateway. On the eastern side adjoining the gate are many apartments and a mosque, and a courtyard. The pavilions are laid out in the western, northern and southern directions and are named Jangli Mahal (palace in the forest), Moti Mahal (pearl palace) and Badshah Pasand (King’s favorite) respectively. Nawab’s family used to reside in these pavilions.
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This marble mausoleum, on Safafdar Jung road is a great monument and has an ambiance of spaciousness and imposing structure dominated by domes and arches.
It is a protected monument under the ASI and according to the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) regulation: " Prayers are not allowed at any protected monument if the practise was not prevalent at the time of protection notification". In the recent past two political bigwigs were subject to criticism when they wanted to do Eid prayer in the mausoleum; for them it was a publicity bonanza with media converging at the famous tomb.