Friday, December 04, 2009

A Mausoleum and a Mosque

After blogging about the magnificent Gol Gumbaz, I thought I could group rest of the historical landmarks of Bijapur into one article. I couldn't do so atleast for the great mausoleum of Ibrahim Rauza. Neither it is as grandiose as Gol Gumbaz nor it has got such exceptional acoustics, but the singularity of Ibrahim Rauza are the fine carvings on the outer walls of the mausoleum.


The entry fees to the monument is Rs. 5 for Indians, Rs. 100 for foreigners and Rs. 25 for digital cameras. A long stretch pathway with croton hedge bordering leads to the monument from the ticket counter. The surroundings are well lawned and neatly maintained. At the entrance arch is a lady who takes care of tourist's footwear. As we enter the arch we see two monuments, a mosque to the right and a mausoleum to the left. Both these monuments are on an elevated platform and the surrounding is walled. We proceeded towards the mosque first.


The mosque is an empty building without any shrine in it. It has five uniformly sized arches with intricately artistic carvings at the top and along the border of the arch. The dome of the mosque is a small one, nothing in comparison with that of Gol Gumbaz. The minarets at the corners are slender but are tall with a small dome at top. The two minarets are connected with patterned parapet below which is a parallel stone slab cornice similar to that of Gol Gumbaz. Inside the mosque are just the pillars forming arches which give loads of options for photographers to compose their shots.


Right opposite to the mosque is the mausoleum of Adil Shah II and his queen Taj Sultana. This building has got some brilliant Urdu carvings on it's walls. The carvings are very exquisite and detailed, I saw something like that for the very first time in my life. The Urdu script as such is very artistic, but here on the walls they looked greatly awe-inspiring. The wooden entrance door of the mausoleum was very ornately embellished with Urdu scriptures and knobby borders. Inside the mausoleum were four tombs made of stones of varying sizes. The mausoleum facades also contain two windows on either side of the doors. Definitely Ibrahim Rauza is a must see on a visit to Bijapur.








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