Qutb Sahib’s grave, originally made of earth
Qutb Sahib’s grave, originally made of earth, is now enclosed by marble balustrades and covered by a dome. The dargah has several gates, mosques and halls for different purpose. The entrance to it opens to a lane about forty meters long- a lane that is richer with historical associations than Chandin Chowk, thanks to the impotence of the dargah and the people who have visited it over the centuries; it is quieter, but as evocative and attractive as the much advertisement and tourist –infested streets of medieval European sites.
Of the gates in the vicinity, one has an inscription which indicates that it was built in 1542, in Sher Shah’s reign; other dates back to his son Salim Shah’s reign. Two others were added by Farukhsiyar 1713 to 1719.
The mosques in the dargah complex include the elegant and intimate Moti Masjid, built by first Bahadur Shah around 1709; immediately outside the western gate of the dargah are the ruins of Zafar Mahal, built by second Akbar but renovated and given a new, imposing gate by second Bahadur Shah, a devotee of Qutb shah.
Apart from the architectural splendor of the dargah complex, some of the more tragic personalities of the Mughal dynasty and the notorious Rohilla chief Zabita Khan are buried near the greave of Qutb shah.
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