Adham Khan Tomb

Delhi has lots of unknown places to visit and Adham Khan’s tomb is one among them. As Adham Khan was one important general who proved to be a traitor. Just to denote him as a traitor he was given an octagonal mausoleum in place of hexagonal which was common to the mughals.

Location of Adham Khan Tomb: -This tomb lies close to the qutub minar in mehrauli Delhi. It has close proximity to mehrauli bus terminus and is under A S I protected monument.

History of Adham Khan’s Tomb: - Akbar, the third mighty ruler was brought up as an infant by his two wet nurses-Mahim and Jiji Anga. Mahim was very close to Akbar after his own mother Hameeda. Similarly he had a great patron in Bairam Khan. Adham khan was the young son of mahim anga and thus was the foster brother of Akbar. Akbar and Adham were brought up together.

As akbar came in to power, Adham as a youth started pranks on account of royal favours. Akbar ignored a lot but once he killed Ataya khan who was a great commander and the husband of jiji Anga, Akbar lost his temper. He issued the death warrant of Adham khan and he was thrown from the ramparts of the Agra fort. Thus he succumbed to death. Later Akbar built a tomb at mehrauli in Delhi and got him buried over there. On account of the bereavement on the 40 day mahim anga also heaved her last sigh. Thus both mother and the son fired a final resting place together in 1562.

Initially both Mahim and Adham were anti against Akabar’s policy of establishing matrimonial relations with Rajputana. They were poking in to the imperial affairs regularly.

Architecture of Adham Khan TombThis tomb has an unique style of octagonal pattern which is absent in the mughal time buildings. Like Lodi architecture it has domes octagonal chamber and a verandah with three openings it looks like a Labyrinth or maze. This tomb is built along the ramparts of qila rai pithora or lal kot. During the british time this building was converted in to residential area. Afterwards lord Curzon restored the site to a large extent.