Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Nili Masjid

Nili Masjid is located in Delhi within the Hauz Khas Enclave. It was built during the reign of Sinkandar Lodi between the years 1505-06 by a nurse.

Some Interesting Facts!!


  1)    The nurse, Kausaumbhil served Fath Khan who was the son of Khan-i-Azam - the then governor of Delhi. 

  2)    Only the central chamber of the mosque remains  It has three-arched openings and a dome. The central arch has the construction date in scripted on it. 

  3)    It is a rubble built mosque but has been well plastered . The name "Nili" comes because the facade over the Chajja is decorated with blue tiles.

4) Though not maintained very well, this mosque is in use as of today.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ferzo Shah Tomb

The tomb measures 13.5m by 13.5m, forms a junction of two wings in the collage, and the top of its dome is the highest point of the entire complex.

Some Interesting Facts!!

  1)    Thought Ferzo Shah died in 1388, he built his tomb at the same time as the madrasa, in 1350s. Now, that's what I call planning. Plan your life and death too. Why not ! 

  2)    The inception on the south entrance tells us that repairs to the building were carried out under the orders of the king Sikandar Lodi in the year 1508.  

  3)    The grave in the center of the chamber is that of Ferzo Shah, while the other marble graves are said to be of his son and his grandson.                             


Madrasa is the Urdu word for a school/ college. The Pavallions that stand in the garden of the Madrasa are mostly tombs, probably containing the remains of the teachers of the Madrasa. I am sure then that, in those times teachers were important people and well respected too.  

Some Interesting Facts!!

1)    All the pavallions are of similar ornamentation, though each one has a different plan - eight sided, six sided or square. 

    2) Some of pavallions have shallow marked graves in the center. It is possible that the tombs were designed so that the pupils could sit there and  study- in shadow of their departed teachers. Is it not amazing !!

3)    The two smallest pavilions have very heavy projecting stone beam just under the dome. It is possible that they were a part of a larger building.



 4)    The western wing of madrasa extends a distance of 65.5 meters west of Feroz  Shah’s tomb. It was an open pillared room at the top story.

  5)    In the lower story one can see small dark cells which were probably meant for student accommodation. Inside there are narrow openings for light and air, and small strong niches.

  6)    In front of these cells there was an arched room which has unfortunately fallen down. 

7)    At the western most end of this wing there are large domed buildings with two stories.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Dadi Poti

The term Dadi Poti means (grandmother and granddaughter) used for two tombs placed side by side was perhaps coined because the fact that one tomb is bigger than the other.
Some Interesting Facts!!

  1)  It is not known who was buried here.

  2)  The smaller -Poti, has sloping walls and a distinctive lantern on the dome. The dome measures 11.8 meters by 11.8 meters and belongs to the Tughlaq period (1321-1414).

  3)  The bigger tomb - Dadi measures 15.86 meters X 15.86 meters and dates back to the Lodi period.  

Friday, 15 March 2013

Adam Khan Tomb

The tomb belongs to the Lodi period. To the east side of the tomb there are remains of a rubble wall. The tomb is a square plan and it has arched opening except the western side, which has recessed Mihrab (a niche in the wall, at the nearest point to Mecca)

Some Interesting Facts!!

1) The interior wall and domes are embellished with geometrical deigns and Quranic inscription incised in plaster.

2) Externally, the notable features are the decorative battlements/Kanguras at the palate and drum level, minarets and ornamental medallions etc.

3) There are also trenches and gazed tiles on the base of the lotus crest and Kanguras      

Chor Minar

This Minar is built of rubble masonry and - stands in the center of a platform. Each of the four sides of the platform has three arched recesses, the center one being the east of the doorway which gives access to a spiral stairs leading to the top.
Some Interesting Facts!!

  1)    The Minar itself is circular in the plan and tapers towards the farther end.
  2)    The monument is known as Chor Minar because it was possibly built to strike terror in the hearts of thieves by placing their severed heads in these holes for public exposure !!

3) This structure was properly built during Khalji period (A.D 1290-1312)