Tomb of Sheikh Selim [Chishti, Fatehpur Sikri]
Photographer: Murray, John
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Shaikh Salim Chisti’s tomb in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, from the Murray Collection: 'Photographic iews in Agra and its vicinity', taken by John Murray in 1855. This white marble tomb is situated in the courtyard of the Jami Masjid, the principal congregational mosque, within the palace-city complex of Fatehpur Sikri. The Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) choose this location in order to be close to Shaikh Salim's refuge as he had successfully prophesied the birth of Akbar's heir, Prince Salim (Jehangir). The Jami Masjid (Dargah Mosque), completed in 1572, took five years to build and was dedicated to the saint who died at around the same time. The delicate lattice screens and serpentine eave-supporting brackets on the saint's tomb are some of the finest carved marble decorations in India. These were inspired by those on the Stonecutter's Mosque, built in 1565, for Shaikh Salim in his complex near the city.