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The 16th-century tomb of Adham Khan, a general of the Mogul Emperor Akbar is a protected monument in Mehrauli, Delhi. Who is Adham Khan? Younger son of Maham Anga, Akbar's wet nurse, he Adham Khan was Akbar's foster brother and was part of the royal family. Unfortunately he was executed on orders by Akbar for the heinous crime of killing Akbar’s favourite general Ataga Khan in May 1561. The execution took place on the the ramparts of the Agra Fort. Located in an important part of Delhi, among fine Mogul monuments, the tomb of Adham Khan forms popular landmark north of the Qutub Minar. It was built by Akbar in 1561 after Adham's death and this place and the surrounding areas are being managed by the ASI -Archaeological Survey of India.
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An interesting fact about this place is during the East India company rule, in 1830s a British officer named Blake of Bengal Civil Service, put the tomb for a different purpose that no body would ever think of. He converted this tomb - a place of eternal rest into his residential apartment, besides removing the graves and making it his dining hall. This place late became a rest house for the British after the officer's death. Subsequently, it became a police station and a post office. The credit goes to Lord Curzon, the British officer who loved ancient monuments and their preservation for posterity. He took the initiative and restored the tomb back to glory. The grave of Adham Khan is right below the central dome, though that of his mother Maham Anga never was.
The mausoleum made of reddish grey sandstone has a design different from any other Mogul architecture. The tomb lies on a raised platform with a veranda that has 3 semi-circle openings on each side. Eaves are absent under their parapets. Often referred to as Bhool Bhulaiya due to its series of labyrinths that might cause a visitor to lose his way in the midst of several passages /corridors. Octogonal building style represents that of the Lodhi and the Sayyid dynasty of the 14th century.
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