Raja no Hajiro: The majestic resting place of Ahmedabad's founder and his heirs
While Rani no Hajiro is well-known for its bustling market, have you heard of Raja no Hajiro, also known as the tomb of Ahmed Shah? This grand mausoleum, constructed in 1440s, serves as the final resting place for the founder of Ahmedabad city, Ahmed Shah, his son Muhammad Shah, and his grandson Qutb-ud-Din.
History and architecture
Ahmed Shah, before his demise, aspired to create a magnificent tomb for himself. Although he initiated the project, it was his son Muhammad Shah who completed it in 1451. The central dome, adorned with intricate latticework, arches, and the quintessential Mughal architecture, now enshrines the great king.
This site also houses the final resting places of his son and grandson. At 11 pm, a drumming session (naubat) at the mausoleum's eastern gateway used to signal the city gates' closure, a tradition that continues nightly.
The mosque features four chambers at all four corners, each crowned with smaller domes. These chambers are illuminated by intricately carved stone screens (jalis), where visitors still offer flowers and chaddars.
Raja no Hajiro is accessible from Manek Chowk, adjacent to Jama Masjid and near Rani no Hajiro, the queens' mausoleum. The building boasts a massive central dome, with its walls showcasing the craftsmanship of Ahmedabad's artisans. While porticoes adorn all sides, only the southern entrance is open, leading to the marble tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah.
If you visit the famed Jama Mosque, a look at this historic structure is recommended!