General view of Maija Sahiba's Tomb, Junagadh
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Maija Sahiba's Tomb at Junagadh, taken by D.H. Sykes in c. 1870. From the early 18th century onward Junagadh was ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty, established c.1735 by Sher Khan Babi. Their tombs, known as maqbaras, are situated in enclosures within the city walls in two groups dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. They are some of the most extraordinary and fantastical buildings in Gujarat. The mausoleum in this view was erected by the mother of one of the rulers of Junagadh, probably Nawab Mahabat Khanji II (rule 1851-1882). It is a free-standing structure with a square plan inside a walled enclosure. The inner tomb is surrounded by a colonnade of delicately-carved cusped arches crowned by a cornice, clusters of onion domes and small minarets. It is covered with a profusion of delicate carved ornamentation.