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Bada Gumbad, Lodi Garden, Delhi

Bada Gumbad

Lodi Garden, Delhi

Lodi Gardens (Lodhi Gardens), is an urban open space located at the heart of Delhi. The Lodi Garden covers an area of 90 acres and is located in between the Khan Market and the Safdarjung’s Tomb.

Bada Gumbad (left) and Bada Gumbad Mosque (right), Lodi Garden, Delhi

Bada Gumbad (left) and Bada Gumbad Mosque (right), Lodi Garden, Delhi

The Lodi Garden was previously known as the Lady Willingdon Park, after Lady Willingdon, the wife of then Viceroy of India Lord Willingdon (1931 – 36).

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L: Guest House, C: Bada Gumbad and R: Mosque, Lodi Garden

Today Lodi Garden is an interesting mix of old and new. It is a beautiful landscaped park complete with lawns, flowerbeds, ponds and bridges. Apart from that it comtains a series of monuments dating back to the Sayyid Dynasty (1414 – 51), and Lodi Dynasty (1451 – 1526).

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Intricate Calligraphy, Bada Gumbad Mosque

There are even a few dating back to later periods. It is a favorite for morning walkers and have jogging tracks along with paved walking paths.

The park is best visited in the morning hours. In the later part of the day the park is infested with young couples engaged in some extreme form of PDA (Public Display of Affection).

Almost at the centre of Lodi Gardens are two gigantic structures popularly known as Bada Gumbad (Large Dome). Bada Gumbad is a large single dome structure flanked by two other smaller structure, namely a mosque and a gust house or assembly hall.

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Arches of the Bada Gumbad Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

The Bada Gumbad structure is U – shaped with the dome on the southern side. The mosque is on the western side and the assembly hall or the guest house is on the eastern house.

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Fresco, dome of Bada Gumbad Mosque

All the three structure stands on a high plinth and is approachable by a broad flight of stairs from the south side. There is a open courtyard in the middle.

The huge dome of the Bara Gumbad is supported by a square structure. It is built of grey sand stone.

The exterior of Bada Gumbad is relieved with recessed arches and traces of red and black stones can also be seen. From the outside the structure looks tow storied but actually it is a single storied structure.

A small mosque stands on the north west corner of the Bada Gumbad. Some historians opine that the Bada Gumbad was built as a gateway to the mosque but generally it is considered as a tomb with some unique feature. Sadly the occupant of the tomb can no longer be identified, but he must have been an officer of high rank during Sikandar Lodi’s rule (1489 – 1517).

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Architectural details Bara Gumbad Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

The three domed mosque is approached from the east through a five arched entrance. The central arch is the largest of the five and the size of the arch diminishes as moves away from the centre.

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Bara Gumbad, Lodi Garden, Delhi

Built in 1494 the interiors of the mosque is richly decorated with stuccoes and frescoes, consisting of floral & geometric designs and Quranic inscriptions. Tapering minarets on the back corners and jharokha (oriel) windows aare some of the unique feature of the Bada Gumbad Mosque.

Opposite the Bada Gumbad Mosque is a elongated hall, which probably served as a Mahiman Khana or Guest House. It is devoid of ornamentation and a striking contrast with the mosque.

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  1. December 8, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    A very informative post. Valuable read undoubtedly. Captured superb Photographs. Thanks for sharing!

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