View from the south-east of the Tombs at Batwa, near Ahmadabad
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the tombs at Batwa near Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The tomb complex at Batwa, or Batura, is about six miles south of Ahmadabad. This view shows the tomb of the saint Burhan-ud-Din Qutb-ul-Alam's tomb, from the south-east. The tomb of one of his sons can just be seen to the right of the photograph. Qutb-ul-Alam was influencial in the court of Ahmad Shah I (r.1411-42) and died in Batwa in 1452. His tomb stands on a platform with arched and vaulted aisles. The large central dome, raised on a second tier of arches, was once surrounded by four pavilions, or chhatris. The south porch still has its central dome, while most of the other smaller domes and outer verandah have since collapsed.