Adam Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Bus Stop, Delhi
Adam Khan’s Tomb
Mehrauli Bus Stop, Delhi
Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli
Adam Khan’s Tomb is located in the Mehrauli region of South Delhi and overlooks the crowded Mehrauli Bus Terminus.
Adam Khan’s tomb, with its massive dome, is popularly known as the Bhul Bhuila (labyrinth) for its complex network of corridors.
Adam Khan was a general in Akbar’s army and son of his wet nurse Maham Anga, who was often considered as the foster mother of Akbar.
Adam Khan was notorious for his barbaric cruelty on defeated soldiers and subjects, even women and children were not spared.
In 1561 Adam Khan led the Mughal army against the Sultan of Malwa, Baz Bahadur. The two forces locked horns at the battle of Sarangpur.
Baz Bhadur was no match for the mighty Mughal army and was soon defeated, inhumane plunder and tortured followed as women were raped and children massacred.
Adam Khan was prompted to conquer Malwa because of the beauty of Rani Roopmati, Baz Bahadur’s favorite wife and well known singer. Although Adam Khan took possession of Baz Bhadur’s harem but Roopmati committed suicide by consuming poison.
Akbar was not happy with Adam Khan’s behavior and himself marched to Sarangpur, where Adam Khan surrendered. He was later recalled from Malwa.
In 1561 Ataga Khan was appointed Wakil (Prime Minister) by Akbar, much to the displeasure of Adam Khan and her mother Maham Anga. Ataga Khan, the husband of Akbar’s another wet nurse Jiji Anga, was murdered by Adam Khan.
Akabar was furious with Adam Khan and ordered him to be thrown from the rampant of Agra Fort. Strangely Adam Khan survived the fall of 12 meters, probably with some broken bones, so Akbar ordered him to be thrown again and this time Adam Khan was not so lucky.
Mahan Anga died four days later and both the bodies of mother and son were transfered to Delhi and strangely Akbar commissioned a grand tomb for him. Strangely just like Adam Khan’s life the tomb also had its share of ups and downs. In 1830 a British officer Blake, of Bengal Civil Service, converted the Tomb of Adam Khan into a pleasure house and had his grave removed. Very similar to the Quli Kahn’s Tomb which was converted into a pleasure house by Thomas Metcalfe. Later on Lord Curzon had the tomb restored and the grave replaced.
Today the massive octagonal Tomb of Adam Khan’s overlooks the crowded streets of Mehruli in South Delhi.
Although the frescoes have long faded away but it still looks impressive.
It consists of an octagonal domed chamber in Lodhi style. The corners are marked with low towers.
Varandahs run along round with triple arched openings, on each of the eight sides.
It is commonly known as Bhul Bhulia (labyrinth) as visitors are said to lose their way amidst the several passageways and the thick ways, something very hard to believe.
The walls, both exterior and interior, have a handful of floral motifs and the lone fresco, on the inside of the dome, have almost faded away. The interiors still serves as a sleeping place for the homeless.
In spite of all odds Adam Khan’s Tomb still dominates the crowded and chaotic Mehurali surrounding and is a must visit for tourist looking beyond the conventional tourist spots of Delhi.
Special Thanks: A special thanks to fellow blogger Sahil Ahuja, for accompanying me to Adam Khan’s Tomb and also for guiding me to the lesser known monuments of Mehrauli.