Pavilion in front of Shaikh Ahmad Ganj Baksh's Tomb at Sarkhej, near Ahmadabad 1774
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the pavilion in front of Shaikh Ahmad Ganj Baksh's Tomb at Sarkhej, near Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. Shaikh Ahmad Khattri (d.1446), referred to as Ganj-Bakhsh, was the spiritual guide to Ahmad Shah (r.1411-42). During the reign of Muhammad Shah (r.1442-51) a mosque and a mausoleum were built in Sarkhej in memory of the Shaikh. Later the place became a retreat for Gujarat rulers, as well as an imperial necropolis. The mausoleum is the largest of its kind in Gujarat, it is covered with a vast dome surrounded by other smaller domes. A Persian inscription over the door records the date 1473. This photograph is taken from the south; the pavilion stands in the foreground with the tomb behind. The pavilion is roofed by nine small domes supported by sixteen pillars on a raised stepped platform. The pillars have square bases and shafts with simple bracket capitals.