Story of Chini Ka Rauza

The term chini overhere does not have any relation with geographical connotation the term chini overhere refers to the glazed tiles referred in local parlance as “chini mitti” or “kasha”.

What is Rauza?

This monument is a tomb of mughal officer known as Afzal shirazi, He was the prime minister of king Shahjahan, , he died in Lahore in 1639 A C E. he was buried in this roza which means a mausoleum The roza is situated on the eastern bank of river Yamuna. Infact the Taj Mahal is also a roza its original name is rauza e munawwara. The mausoleum and the mosque follow a laid down pattern the mausoleums or the roza have their grave chambers facing south. The entrance to the grave chamber is always from south. The grave inside the chamber are laid in north to south direction. The head of the deceased is towards the north while the feet are towards south. The male grave is characterized by a rectangular protrusion on the grave while women’s grave have a shallow top. In iran and the central asia this kind of glazed tile work can be seen , Monuments of Isafan and quom in iran have similar glazed tile art work known as kashikari/ chini mitti. The chini mitti work was certainly splendid at this monument but unfortunately a greater part of it is destroyed. The small existing patches suggest that the building was beyond comparison.

Architecture of Chini Ka Rauza

The monument has four faces, the structure is a single storied one with a much smaller disprportionate dome on the top. The extreme corners have turrets on the top with lotus shaped finials. The external façade displayed the chini mitti work or the glazed tile work now in a dilapidated condition . The monument is situated on a rectangular base protruding around 2 meters from the ground.

Location of Chini Ka Rauza

The monument is located just a kilometer away from the famous monument of Etmad ud daula. It is around one and half kilometer from the Rambagh garden and around six kilometer from the Taj Mahal. There is a very narrow alley opening on the main road leading all the way to the monument.

Ticket and Timings

The monument is open from sunrise to sunset and there is no ticket levied on visiting this monument.