Visiting Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur, a 15th century monument built by Emperor Ibrahim Adil Shah II.
When it comes to Indian history and mythology I’m spell bound, marry that with century old monuments, palaces and architecture, it’s a combination that tugs at the heart strings.
On our last visit to India we carved out time from our usual
Bombay Mumbai stay to visit my in-laws childhood city of Bijapur. Bijapur, officially known as Vijayapura is in the state of Karnataka. Well known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty, it’s often referred to as the Deccan Queen of India.
Having only visited Bijapur once before (during a very busy newlywed visit), I had a list of places I wanted to see. On the top of the list, the Ibrahim Rauza.
Built in the 15th century, The Ibrahim Rauza is a mausoleum complex commissioned and built by Emperor Ibrahim Adil Shah II. Designed by Persian architect, Malik Sandal, the tomb and mosque are set in a walled garden facing each other over a central pond. Graceful minar shaped pillars anchor the corners of each building, crowned by a dome rising from a lotus petal base. Often referred to as the “Black Taj Mahal” the tomb is noted to have been Shah Jahan’s inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
Ibrahim Rauza entombs the late Ibrahim Adil Shah II with his queen, Taj Sultana, his mother Haji Badi Sahiba, his daughter and two sons. The tombs are placed at the center of the inner chamber. The monument is open for tourists throughout the week and a echoing Azan (call to prayer) and be heard on Jummah Fridays. We took our time to wander the beautiful monument before sitting in the gardens absorbing the atmosphere.
Hope you enjoy this visit to Ibrahim Rauza through our eyes!