Corridor of Mubarak Sayyid's Tomb, Sojali Tombs, Mehmadabad
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the central colonnade towards some of the graves in the Mubarak Sayyid's Tomb at Mehmadabad, taken by by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Sojali village is situated about two miles east of the town of Mehmadabad, which takes its name from Sultan Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511), who founded the city in 1479. A group of tombs were built at Sojali at the end of the 15th century. The most important of these tombs is that of Mubarak Sayyid, a minister of Mahmud Begarha, erected in 1484. The building stands on a platform with a porch to the east. The massive pillars which enclose the inner tomb area comprise four square pillars grouped together. There are delicate perforated stone screens around the central area. This is surrounded by a double corridor, seen in this view, covered by small domes and supported on thirty-six columns alternating with arches.
In the 'Archaeological Survey of Western India, vol. VI', Burgess wrote, "About a mile and a half east of the town, near the village of Sojali is a small group of tombs belonging to about the end of the fifteenth century. The most important of these is the mausoleum of Mubarak Sayyid one of Mahmud Bigarah's ministers, erected in 1484. It stands on a platform...with an advanced porch on the east...the pillars are massive and each is in the form of four square pillars grouped together...Outside these, which enclose the tomb proper, is a double corridor supported on thirty-six columns, with arches between each pier and roofed by small domes of various internal patterns...The piers have plain shafts with moulded bases carved with much taste and elegance..."