A Tomb belongs to the foster brother of Emperor Akbar, “Kokaltash”

Chausath Khamba Complex

 

Introduction: Chaunsath Khamba is a basically a tomb located at the entrance of Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi. One can see a massive entrance gate just like in other Mughal monuments. The Tomb belongs to Kokaltash who was the son of Atgah Khan and foster brother of Emperor Akbar. As the name itself derive its meaning “64 pillars” in Hindi. The structure has 64 columns or pillars and is totally constructed with white marble. The domes are constructed in a way that they are not visible from outside. The roof is flat.

Complex houses more than eight graves including Mirza Azizah Kokal Tash, his mother and his eight brothers and sisters. The tomb of his father Atgah khan is also present in the same complex. A small tomb dedicated to famous urdu poet Mirza Ghalib is also present outside the complex. Ghalib was a very famous poet of Urdu and Persian.

An assembly hall is also there within the complex known as Urs Mahal where Khawwali programmes are held during “Urs” (Death anniversary of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia) and on many festival days.

 

History: Mirza Aziz Koka built this beautiful complex as a mausoleum for himself in 1624. He was the Governer of Jahangir.  Firstly he got buried in Sarkhej (Gujarat) where he died, but later his grave was shifted to Delhi and named as Chaunsath Khamba. It used to be a massive Hall built but was later converted into the Tomb. In 2010, Urs Mahal was the place where Jashn-E-Khusrau held in which performers from India and Pakistan performed.

 

Address: Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi-110002

 

Entry fee: Free

 

Open: All days of the week

 

Photography: Free

 

Nearest metro station: Jangpura

 

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