Kamal Moula, [Dhar]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Kamal Maula Mosque at Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1902. Dhar in the Malwa region of central India has a long history encompassing both Hindu and Muslim rule. It was once the capital of the Hindu Paramara dynasty from the 9th to the 13th century. It was conquered by the Delhi Sultanate in 1305 and then became part of the independent province of the Sultans of Malwa when Dilawar Khan Ghuri broke away in 1401. The Kamal Maula Mosque complex is a small enclosure containing a mosque and four tombs. The mosque dates from the early 15th century. It is built from masonry taken from earlier dismantled Hindu temples. One of the tombs is thought to be the cenotaph of Shaikh Kamal al-Din Malwi, a religious teacher and saint of Malwa. It was erected in 1457 by Mahmud Shah Khalji I, Sultan of Malwa, 1436-69, in honour of the saint. This is a view of the enclosure.