Safdar Jang Tomb Quick Facts
|Construction in||1754 AD|
|Built by||Nawab Shujad Daula|
|Architectural style||Mughal style|
|Entrance Fees||Rs 15 for Indians, Rs 200 for Foreign travelers|
Safdar Jang Tomb Overview
India is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of size, which includes many states and islands, each state is quite different from the other, some for their art, some for their Ancient Culture, and some for their environment is famous. Delhi, the capital of India, is also very famous in the world for its politics and historical buildings. Safdarjung's tomb located in the country's capital is quite famous for its artwork and historical events.
Safdar Jang Tomb History
Safdarjung was a native of Persia who was born in 1708 AD. He came to India only a few years after his birth. He was made the Subedar of Oudh (Awadh). He was the ruler of Oudh till 19 March 1739. Mohammad Shah, the descendant of the Mughal Empire, was very rich and more powerful than the rest of their descendants, due to which he was declared the emperor of the Mughal Empire in 1748 AD.
After Mohammad Shah became the emperor, he made Safdarjung the prime minister (wazir) of the empire. The empire declined significantly during the reign of Mohammad Shah as his rule was confined to northern India only. As prime minister, Safdarjung had taken control of all the powers of the empire as the king was now only a puppet, thinking only of his own luxuries.
Safdarjung made maximum use of his powers, due to which the emperor's family became unhappy with the vizier and they called their Hindu Maratha Confederacy to get rid of their dictatorial vizier. After which there was a war and in the year 1753 AD, Safdarjung was thrown out of Delhi, after which he died shortly after. After his death, his son Nawab Shujad Daula took permission from the Mughal emperor to build a tomb for his father in Delhi, after which he built this tomb in the Mughal style.
Safdar Jang Tomb Interesting Facts
- Safdarjung's real name was Mirza Mukim Abul Mansoor Khan, who was born in 1708 AD in a well-known family in Persia.
- In the year 1722 AD, Safdarjung came to India, a few years later, in the year 1748 AD, he was made the Prime Minister (Vazir) of the Mughal Empire by the Mughal Emperor.
- After a war in the year 1753 AD, Safdarjung was expelled from the Mughal Empire and Delhi, shortly after which he died in the year 1754 AD.
- In the year 1754 AD, Nawab Shujad Daula, son of Safdarjung, with permission from the Mughal emperor, started the construction of the tomb for his father in Delhi and completed it in the same year.
- Safdarjung's Tomb is built in Mughal architecture. The structure of the tomb was designed by an Ethiopian Architect.
- This Tomb is covered over an area of about 300 square km, in which it is surrounded on all sides by gardens and beds.
- The beautiful stone slabs used in this famous tomb have been brought from the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khankhana.
- This tomb is surrounded by gardens, which are about 4 in number, in which many beautiful flowers and trees have been planted.
- This mausoleum is one of the tallest tombs located in Delhi, its height is about nine storeys.
- This tomb contains a lot of mysterious things, the most interesting being the mystery of a large platform with a staircase hidden behind a five-part facade.
- Many entrances are included in this tomb, but its largest entrance is located in the north direction, which is about two storeys high.
- Many domes are also built in this tomb, but the most prominent dome is located above the central chamber, which is built in an area of about 28 square meters, red and badami colors have been used in the construction of this dome.
- The most prominent chamber of this tomb is the central chamber, which is square, in the middle of this chamber the Safdarjung tomb has been built.
- Between 1823 and 1826, Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, examined the light brown color inside the tomb and found that food dyes have been used to paint the rooms.
- This tomb is the last of the historical buildings built by the Mughals.
- Safdarjung's Tomb is one of the 174 protected monuments of ASI in Delhi.