Monday, 9 January 2012

Lal Gumbad, New Delhi

Lal Gumbad, also known as Rakabwala Gumbad, entombs Shaikh Kabir-Ud-Din Auliya, a disciple of Shaikh Raushan Chiragh-I-Delhi. Situated in the Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi, it is believed to have been constructed in the mid-fourteenth century. The mortal remains of Shaikh Kabir-Ud-Din Auliya were buried here in 1397. Lal Gumbad is entered from the eastern side, through a marble bands-adorned pointed arch. The main tomb has been built in the shape of a square and has tattered walls, which are adorned with a facade of red sandstone. 

Rakabwala Gumbad of New Delhi also has a plastered conical dome crowning its top. Lal Gumbad got the name of Rakabwala because of the golden finial it was once ornamented with, but which was later stolen by thieves. Infact, it is also believed that iron rings that are still seen on its western wall were set up by the thieves, for the purpose of scaling up the walls of the tomb. One of the most magnificent monuments belonging to the pre-Mughal era of Delhi, the Lal Gumbad resembles the tomb of Ghiyath-ud-Din Tughluq............

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