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General view of the Tomb of Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti (Khoja Sayyid), Ajmer.

General view of the Tomb of Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti (Khoja Sayyid), Ajmer.

Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1537)

Item number: 10031537

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Tomb of Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti, Ajmer, taken by O.S.Baudesson in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections.

Muin-ud-Din Chisti (1143-1235) was a 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 and an assembly hall for the poor. The dargah has remains a place of pilgrimage for both Muslims and Hindus and is now considered the second holiest Muslim site after Mecca. This is a general view of tomb and surrounding buildings, printed from a broken glass plate. The tomb is on the right, with all but the top of the dome concealed by trees, with the high white entrance gateway in the background, right of centre. Akbar's Mosque is on the left.

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