Scintillating Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh, Gujarat

Mahabat Maqbara,Junagadh,Gujarat. image credit:
Mahabat Maqbara.Tomb of Mahabat Khan(1851–82).Junagadh city.

 Junagadh, Gujarat is an old city with a lot of monuments - both Islamic and Hindu of historical value and among them, Mahabat Maqbara  is a remarkable one.

Mohabbat Maqbara Palace, situated in Junagadth city in the Junagadh district of the Indian state of Gujarat, adjacent to the sacred Girnar Hills in Saurashtra, is an amazing 19th century monument that attracts  a lot of tourists from this state and other places. It is a  palace  Mausoleum  that houses the tombs of Mohabbat Khanji and Bahauddin Maqbara of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai, vizir of Nawab Rasul Khanji. Built over the grave of Nawab Mahabat Khan II (1851–82) , the tomb is  a good example of a combination of Islamic, Hindu and European influences such as  French windows and Gothic columns, that add zest to this old monument. This kind of architecture is  typical of Junagadh's royal monuments from the late 19th century. The work on the mausoleum began  in 1878 by Mohabbat Khanji, but took a while to complete it only in 1892 by his successor, Bahadur Kanji because of various constraints. The  18th century other mausoleums built by the Nawabs in this city are in the area around Chitkana Chowk.   

Mahabat Maqbara inside Tomb. Junagadh city, Gujarat.

This mausoleum forms an important landmark in this city and no can go past this inspiring yellow monument with out appreciating its stunning architecture with bubble-like domes projecting into the sky and the exquisite arts and engravings, unique to the Islamic design. Considered as the city's oldest Mughal monuments, the unique features of this structure are the silver-decorated portals, the evenly winding staircases, encircling its four tall minarets, the old step-well in the grounds, and its onion-shaped dome, well- designed arches, etc. Every part of this mausoleum is just a masterpiece and will make the visitors wonder-struck. It is a painstaking work of beauty and imagination of highest order, well executed with meticulous care by the highly talented artisans of this region.
Tomb of Mahabat Khan (1851–82)
 Junagadh city, Gujarat.

The etymological meaning of Junagadh "Old Fort" gives the palace its alternative name of "The Old Fort Palace".  It is also known as "Sorath", the name of the earlier Princely State of Junagadh. It was under the British before indipendence and  Junagadh joined the India Union on 9 November 1947. Once  part of Saurashtra state and later Bombay state, in 1960, it became part Gujarat.The Mohabbat Maqbara is generally closed to the public for unknown reason but can be seen with the help from  the mosque situated beside the mausoleum. The Jami Masjid, yet another monument, is on the other side.