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Above image: Sanctum of Shah-e-Alam, Ahmedabad - It is to be noted that Muslim women from various parts of the city as well as other places visit this holy place and reverentially offer their prayers in the durgah's sanctum with flowers on Wednesday. The day marks the 23rd day of the Islamic month when ‘Bibi ka mela’ is organized outside the durgah. This is the only day each year women are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of Shah-e-Alam. After the azaan is sung around 5 pm, women move out of the sanctum and then only men are allowed to go inside the sanctified place...................................
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Shah-e -Alam's tomb is close to the reservoir in the complex. Commenced after the death of the saint in 1475, the work was completed in 1483 by Taj Khan Nariali, a nobleman of Mahmud Begada's court. Roughly in the center of the east end of roza, the tomb of Shah-e-Alam in the 17th century received the attention of Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan. Being generous and had great respect for the saint, he decorated the dome with gold and precious stones.
The tomb itself is enclosed by an inner wall of pierced stone and the outer wall in the north consists of stone trellis work of various design. The tomb, with a square plan and 12 pillars, has a high dome in the centre of the roof, surrounded by double corridors with 24 small domes on top. On all sides, it has arched entrance. An interesting feature is on each wall of the structure - mausoleum, there is an entrance in the center and there are three arched windows covered by perforated stone windows. The flooring of the tomb is inlaid with black and white marble stones adding beauty to the interior. The doors are impressive with fine open cut brass work, and the frame in which the doors are fixed, has two well-pierced marble stone pillars on either side.
The mosque with minarets at either end on the west side of the tomb was built by Muhammad Salah Badakhshi. Nizabat Khan started the work and Saif Khan in 1620 finished it. The mosque has a simple appearance and is neither embellished nor does it have impressive architectural style. The mausoleum has twenty four small domes and, here Shah-e-Alam's family members are also buried including Saiyyd Makhdum Alam, the sixth grandson of Shah e Alam. The reservoir close-by was built by the wife of Noble man Taj Khan Nariali. The minarets of the mosque that were damaged during the 1819 Rann of Kutch earthquake were rebuilt in 1863.