Flâneur-ing through Ahmedabad–5: Rani’s Hajira

Posted on: February 11, 2012 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Flâneur-ing through Ahmedabad–5: Rani’s Hajira

Just across the road from Badshah’s Hajira (King’s Tomb) in Manek Chowk is the Rani’s Hajira (Queen’s Tomb) where you can get to see the tombs of Ahmed Shah’s queens, Begum Muglibibi, Begum Mirkibibi and Begum Hazrabibi amongst about 15 others. Though the Tomb of Ahmed Shah is in quite good shape yet the tombs of Ahmed Shah’s wives are not. That’s because it is not covered with a roof and because of the encroachments by the people staying around it, also people have covered the area surrounding Rani’s Hajira with big and small shops selling women’s clothes and products.

Entrance to Rani's Hajira, notice the condition it is in, i.e. the upper level where the shopkeepers have dumped their stuff
Entrance to Rani’s Hajira, notice the condition it is in, i.e. the upper level where the shopkeepers have dumped their stuff
Encroachment by the locals in the compound of the heritage site
Encroachment by the locals in the compound of the heritage site

The locals take care of the graves and keep the place locked because of the stray dogs roaming around the structure. You can enter if you find the person with the key, in my case this little girl named Ruhana opened the door for me, upon entering I saw not just the mentioned three but many other graves nearby, some grand ones made of marble while the smaller ones made of ordinary concrete.  When I enquired Ruhana about the other graves the 6th grader said that one of them is of Ahmed Shah’s Ammi (mother) and the rest are of the members of the queen’s family.

The grave of Muglibibi
The grave of Muglibibi
There were these smaller graves at the corner
There were these smaller graves at the corner

The little girl Ruhana who opened the door and showed me around
The little girl Ruhana who opened the door and showed me around

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