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Akbar's Mosque, Ajmer.

Akbar's Mosque, Ajmer.

Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1539)

Item number: 10031539

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Akbar's Mosque, taken by O.S.Baudesson in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Akbar's mosque is situated near the dargah of Muin-ud-Din Chisti (1143-1235), Persian Sufi saint who came to Ajmer in 1192. After his death a dargah (a Muslim shrine or tomb) was erected in the south-west corner of the city by Iltutmish (r.1211-1236), Sultan of Delhi, and later enlarged by the Mughal Emperor Humayan (r.1530-40; r.1555-56). Further renovations and additions were made by his successors. The tomb is a square white marble structure with a domed roof and two entrances, one with a silver arch. It stands in the centre of an inner court of the dargah complex, which also contains two white marble mosques, including Akbar's mosque, and an assembly hall for the poor. The dargah has remained a place of pilgrimage for both Muslims and Hindus. The white marble mosque donated by Akbar was built in about 1570.

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