Mughal Sarai in the Vicinity of Tajganj at Agrs

Posted: 15 Jan 2020

Date Written: December 24, 2019


A part from the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal (Taj Mahal) at Agra, large number of tomb of Emperor and Noble’s men and women were constructed in the vicinity of Agra. The architectural features of these tombs not only reflect the important features but it also reflects the cultural relationship between Iranian and Hindustani art of style.

All the subsidiary structures of the Taj complex are faced with red sandstone; special features, such as domes, may be clad in white marble. The lesser tombs have the form of single-storey regular octagons surrounded either by pillared verandahs or by eight pishtaqs of equal size. Both versions are surmounted by pronounced bulbous domes. A massive version of the subsidiary tombs, showing in each of its eight faces a pishtaq with a deep arched niche. This form of art appears in the many sepulchral buildings of the Mughal period.

In this paper, I have taken a detail study of few tombs, which surrounded the Taj complex, such as Tomb’s of Fatehpuri Begum (wife of Shah Jahan), Satti al-Nisa Khanum, Sirhindi Begum, Diwanji Begum and an unidentified tomb (probably Mahabat Khan’s tomb). I have taken these tombs to highlights the architectural features which were constructed during the Mughal period. Also, I would like to coordinate the relationship between the craftsmanship of the larger monument and smaller ones.

Suggested Citation

Akhtar, Salim Javed, Mughal Sarai in the Vicinity of Tajganj at Agrs (December 24, 2019). Available at SSRN:

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