General view of the Mausoleum of Maiji Sahiba, Junagadh
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mausoleum of Maiji Sahiba at Junagadh in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869. From the early 18th century onwards Junagadh was ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty, established in c.1735 by Muhammad Sher Khan Babi (r.1748-1758). The tombs or maqbaras of the rulers of this dynasty are situated in enclosures within the city walls, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. This view shows the Maija Sahiba's Tomb, erected by the mother of a ruler of Junagadh, Nawab Mahabat Khanji II (r.1851-1882) and contains her tomb. It is a free-standing structure with a square plan inside a walled enclosure, near the tombs of the Bara Sayyid or twelve saints. The inner tomb is surrounded by a colonnade of cusped arches and crowned by onion domes and small minarets. There are cusped arches around the verandah of the mausoleum and on the window and doors of the inner building. The entire tomb is embellished with sculpted floral designs.