Barakhamba,- 14th century tomb, Delhi

Barakhamba, also known as Barakhamba Monument is an ancient tomb belonging to the Lodi (Tughlag) period - 14th century. It is located on the eastern end of Lodi Road near the Sabz Burj and is a protected monument under the management of ASI - the Archaeological Survey of India. The name Barakhamba, literally in Hindi and Urdu means twelve pillars that support the vaulted roof in the old tomb. This 12 pillared and 12 arched monument may have been a tomb chamber with arcades around it and was intended  as Chausarh Khamba -  a tomb with 64 pillars supporting the vaulted roof.

It  is a tomb of an unknown nobleman from Lodi period. Unlike other tombs, it is open on all sides, no doors and lattices. The tomb is characteristic of twelve pillars and three arched openings on each face. The passage, around the central chamber, has four domed sections at each corner.

 It is  in the Nizamuddin heritage area at the entrance road to the Nizamuddin Dargah. It is at a distance of 7.5 km from New Delhi Railway Station and 2 km from Hazrat Nizamuddin Station. In the past, this place became a hangout for vandals and unwanted people in the society. The walls were defaced with graffiti and  paan  stains (spitting saliva mixed with chewed  betel leaves). The ASI is taking serious steps to restore this old monument to its old glory. Behind this vintage structure lies yet another monument called  Lalmahal, made of red sandstone. It is not in good shape. since British time, the road has been known as  Barakhamba Road.