Bathing place in the tank near the tomb of Hasan Khan Suri, Sasaram.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the bathing place in the tank near the tomb of Hasan Khan Suri, Sasaram taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. Hasan Khan Suri was the father of Sher Shah, the great Mughal emperor. The two moved to the Punjab from Peshawar in the late fifteenth century in the pursuit of military service. Sher Shah was a gifted scholar and soldier and, when he fell out of favour with one of his father's wives he moved to Bihar where his drive to power gained momentum. When his father died in the early sixteenth century, Sher Shah could afford to construct a lavish tomb in his honour, the dome of which can be seen in the background of this photograph. The picture gives a view from an elevated position, looking down onto the tank, with a bathing platform in the centre.