Burdwan - The mausoleum of Khoja Anwara
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Khwaja Anwar Shahid's Tomb, taken by an unknown photographer around 1904. Part of an album of photographs presented to Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, by Bijay Chand Mahtab of Burdwan (r.1887-1941), on his short visit to the city on 2nd April 1904. The List of Ancient Monuments in Bengal of 1895 reads, "Khaja Anwar Shahid was a servant of the Emperor of Delhi. He fell in some battle near Burdwan. In consideration of his services the Emperor Ferokh Shah built a tomb over his remains at a place now known as Ber, a quarter of the present town of Burdwan; and granted to the Khaja's family five mauzas for the purpose of maintaining the tomb in the manner usual among Muhammadans. This is said to have been in 1127 Hijri." The tomb (c. 1698) is flanked by a mosque on one side and a madrasa or college on the other.