A poet whose couplets are very famous and still taught in our schools but very few know that he is buried in Delhi…



Introduction: Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana who is popularly known as Rahim was a renowned poet and one of the ministers of emperor Akbar, who were also known as “Navratana”. He lies buried in a beautiful mausoleum situated in Nizamuddidn East near Humayun’s tomb. It is very close to the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in Nizamuddin basti. Not only his Dohas but Rahim is also known for his Urdu couplets and some of his books on astrology.

One of his well-known Dohas:

बुरा जो देखन मैं चला
बुरा ना मिलिया कोय
जो दिल खोजा आपना
मुझसा बुरा ना कोय

Meaning: When I set out to look for evil, I found no-one but When I searched my own heart, I found there was none as evil as I.

Tomb is sitting on a high plinth in the middle of the garden with arched openings of the cells are beautified with intricate designs. Inside the mausoleum lies the grave of both, Rahim and his wife. The central dome has four corners and chhatris are placed on the top of each of them. It was built as almost the replica of the tomb of Humayun. Just like many other structure during Mughal dynasty here also you can seen the charbagh pattern. This beautiful edifice comes under Archaeological survey of India (ASI) and renovation work is done by The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).


History: This mausoleum was built by Abdul Rahim for his wife Mah Banu Begum in 1598. Mah Banu begum was the daughter of Atgah Khan and the sister of Mirza Aziz Kokaltash, both of whom are also buried in the Nizamuddin area. After almost 30 years, in 1627 Rahim, too, got buried in the same mausoleum. Abdul rahim was the son of Bairam khan, Akbar’s tutor. Rahim also known as the step son of Akbar as he looked after Rahim after the death of Bairam Khan and later got married the widow. Rahim received titles like “Mirza” which means Gentleman and Khan-e-Khana (khan amongst khans) from Akbar. After Akbar’s death, Jahangir ousted Rahim from his position and threw him out from the royal court. Later he killed two sons of Rahim and hung their body in the Khooni Darwaza. Rahim was a scholar, he could speak Portuguese, Braj, Sanskrit, Arabic, Hindi and Persian. He also translated Babur’s autobiography (Baburnama) from Turkish to Persian. In 1754, marble and sandstone from this tomb was taken out to built Safdarjung Tomb traces can be seen today.


Address: Nizamuddin East, Delhi-110013


Entry fee:  Rs 5 for citizens of India and Rs 100 for others


Timing: 10AM – 5PM


Photography: Free


How to reach (Nearest metro station): Jangpura


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