Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb – Monument Witness to End of Lodhi Dynasty

Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb – Monument Witness to End of Lodhi Dynasty

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Tomb of the last ruler of Lodhi dynasty Ibrahim Lodhi is located in a park near the tehsil office in the Panipat City of Haryana State. Unlike other fancy tombs, the Tomb of Ibrahim Lodhi is rather a simple structure, it is a rectangular grave placed on a platform built of lakhori bricks which is approachable through a flight of steps. The is taken care of by Panipat municipal Committee.

After visiting the tomb of Ibrahim Lodhi, one can visit Dargah of Sufi Saint Bu Ali Shah Ji which is close to the tomb.

Ibrahim Lodhi:

Ibrahim Lodhi ascended the throne after the death of his father. There was a rebellion of the eastern front along with Mewar ruler Rana Sanga increasing his boundaries and planning to attack Agra.

Ibrahim made some changes in the court by replacing senior and old commanders with young ones who were loyal to him. This made the nobles unhappy so they conspired against the Sultan and invited Babur to invade India.

This led to the fierce battle of Panipat where eventually Ibrahim Lodi fell to death and along with him ended the Lodhi Empire.

Ibrahim Lodhi died in 1526 in the First Battle of Panipat that was fought between him and Babur.  The Battle was fierce and Ibrahim Lodhi fought valiantly.

On hearing the news of Ibrahim’s death Babur ordered Dilawar Khan to go at the site and take note of everything and later he went there, taking the body Ibrahim in his hands Babur ordered the last rites to be done properly. Sultan was buried in the same place where he died.

Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb:

The body of Ibrahim Lodhi was treated with respect and his burial was organized at the orders of Babur.

It is said that the tomb was constructed by Sher Shah Suri out of regret that the fallen monarch did not even have a decent resting place. The tomb is said to be in the same place where the monarch was slain.

It is said that the tomb was repaired by Ibrahim Lodhi’s mother who was accepted in Babur’s household but in order to avenge the death of her son she tried to poison Babur.

History expert confirms that the original tomb was destroyed by the British to make Grand Trunk road and was placed at the current location. Hence the location where the tomb is located currently is not his original burial. The question of whether his remains were related or not remains unanswered.  As per general Cunnigham, there was a memorial, which was demolished to make Grand Trunk Road.

On visiting the tomb today you will see inscription which bears details of the death of the last Sultan of Lodhi dynasty also that the tomb was rebuilt by the British (district administration) in 1867.

Ibrahim Lodhi Tomb undoubtedly bears historical significance but there is not much to it in terms of architecture.

The site is poorly maintained and mostly abandoned. There is a lack of awareness among the people regarding this tomb. A lot of people mistake Shisha Gumbad of Lodhi garden Delhi to be the tomb of Ibrahim Lodi. 

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Read about places to visit in Haryana Jal MahalHissar-e-Firoza, Sheikh Chilli’s tomb 

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