Mahabat Maqbara is a landmark monument situated in Junagadh, Gujarat, India. The scared hills of Girnar stand adjacent to the Mahabat Maqbara. It is one of the most beautifully crafted monuments of Junagadh. The word Junagadh roughly translates to ‘Old Fort’ which why it’s also known as ‘The old Fort Palace’.
Mahabat Maqbara holds dual tile i.e. of a palace and a mausoleum. This splendid monument was once home to Nawabs of Junagarh. Late it became the mausoleum of Wazir Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbai who was Chief Nobel in Nawab Mahabat Khan II’s court.
This gorgeous yellow-walled structure originally was the residence of Nawabs of Junagadh. This opulent structure called Mahabat Maqbara was built by Nawab Mahabat Khan II.
The construction of the beautiful structure was started by Mahabat Khanji in the year 1878 and was completed by Bahadur Khaji (his successor) in the year 1892. Creating this jaw-dropping structure took the time of over 14 years.
This is a must-visit site for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. Here two amazing architectures wazir’s Maqbara on one side and Jami Masjid on other await your glance in the busy streets of Junagadh. It is worth noting that most of the times Mahabat Maqbara remains locked however its keys can be obtained from the nearby mosque.
Architecture of Mahabat Maqbara:
Mahabat Maqbara is a stunning piece of architecture that is built with the outstanding amalgamation of Indo- Islamic, Gothic and European styles of architecture. This beautiful structure is often called Taj of Junagadh.
The rooflines of the buildings of the complex are topped with beautifully designed onion domes. The adjacent mosque has 4 minarets at its corner which have a spiral staircase from its top to bottom.
The structure is adorned with intricate carving from inside and out, French style windows, stunning arches, shining silver doorways, and columns these encompass a few outstanding features of this opulent structure.
Mahabat Maqbara is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India, considering its architectural and historical significance it has been declared a protected monument.
Interesting Facts About Junagadh:
The city of Junagadh was founded in the year 1748. In the year 1807, it became a British Protectorate, which in 1818 was given to East India Company. In 1947 during India’s independence Mahabat Khan III the then ruler of Junagadh joined Pakistan, in spite of the fact that Junagadh did not even share a common border with Pakistan. Nawab of Junagadh and his family eventually fled to Pakistan. Later, after a period of about 3 months and after conducting a plebiscite Junagadh again became a part of India.
Wanderer loved Mahabat Maqbara
We totally loved the entire experience of visiting the city of Junagadh, the city has its own vibe which stays with you even after you have headed home. My favourite spot of this city is without a doubt Mahabat Maqbara.
This exquisitely built monument leaves the onlooker awestruck. Stunning architectural style, unique features and such gorgeous amalgamation of different styles of architecture make a one of a kind monument.
Mahabat Maqbara is an extremely picturesque monument. If you are a photography enthusiast you have to visit this place.
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