Roshnara Bagh and Tomb

Roshnara Bagh and Tomb, New Delhi

Roshnara Bagh and Tomb
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Satyendra Garg
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This Mughal princess, daughter of Shahjehan, sister of Aurangzeb, is alone buried in this beautiful garden built by her.
Sep 2015 • Solo
The story of Begam Roshnara is fascinating.
She was one of the fourteen children of emperor Shahjehan and Mumtaz Mahal. As it so happened Mumtaz Mahal died young in her child birth and left her children young. The eldest daughter Princess Jehanara and her brother Dara Shikoh were favourites of their father and Dara Shikoh was chosen to succeed as king. Aurangzeb ,third among the princes and Roshnara were close and supported each other.
While Shahjehanabad was being created pride of place went to Shahjehan, Princess Jehanara and Dara Shikoh, Roshnara got this beautiful garden constructed slightly away from main city.
As it turned out Dara Shikoh was killed in the war of succession, Shahjehan was imprisoned and Aurangzeb became the king. For sometime Roshnara played important role in his rule but later on there were problems.
Roshnara died in 1671 and was buried in the tomb which she had made for herself. This tomb is a beautiful Mughal architecture and consists of plastered roofless grave chamber in the center, surrounded by a hall, the four sides of which has arcaded dalans, with double storeyed domed chambers on the corners.
The gardens have gates on all four sides. A walk in the gardens and the tomb can make you think of the Princess Roshnara, her times, the rivalries of those times and she lying alone in her grave, far off from her relatives and friends.
Overall a beautiful Mughal Garden and the story of a lonely princess.
Written September 24, 2015
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