View from the south-east of Qutbul Alam's Tomb, Batwa, Ahmadabad
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Qutbul Alam's tomb at Batwa near Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by order of Major Cole, by an Army sergeant in c. 1881, 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. Qutb-ul-Alam was influencial in the court of Sultan 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; the smaller domes together with the outer aisle have since collapsed.