Sarkhej


Kevin Standage

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Sarkhej is now a suburban neighbourhood of Ahmedabad, so it’s a short excursion from the city that will at most take a couple of hours to see.

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Mainly erected under the reign of Mahmud Begada, it was built on the location where the holy man and religious Muslim leader Ahmed Khattu Ganj Baksh lived and died. He was the spiritual guide of the sultan Ahmed Shah, and this is one of the biggest mausoleums in India, possibly only second to the Taj Mahal.

The complex later became a retreat for sultans with an imperial necropolis.

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The mausoleum at Sarkhej contains yet more examples of stunning perforated sandstone carvings, or jali-work. These are reminiscent of similar work found at the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, but here you are able to examine them up close.

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As seems often the case with me, I was greeted on my walk around the site by some children whose mothers were washing clothes in the…

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