General view of Fateh Khan's Tomb, Gaur.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This print was taken by Joseph Beglar in the 1870s for the Archaeological Survey of India. It shows the seventeenth-century tomb of Fateh Khan in the Qadam Rasul compound in Gaur. Fateh Khan was sent by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to subdue a potential rebellion in the area under the governor of Bengal, Shah Shuja. The tomb is rectangular in plan, with sloped cornicing that forms a 'do-chala' roof of a local type, and trabeate entrances in the north, east and west sides. This type of roof became popular in later Mughal imperial architecture primarily in Delhi and Agra. Gaur was the capital of the Bengali sultanate until it was subdued and taken by Mughal forces in 1576 under the leadership of the emperor Akbar.