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The Sarkhej Monuments

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Ahmedabad, India.

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Sultan Ahmed Shah, who founded Ahmedabad, had a Muslim religious guide named Ahmed Kattu Gang Baksh, who lived out his later years in a peaceful village near the city boundary, called Sarkhej Roza. Such was his positive influence on the sultan and on the city's religious life, that a magnificent mausoleum and mosque were built there in his honour. Successive generations of sultans of Ahmedabad added further mosques, temples, tombs, pavilions, gardens and baths to create a glorious mixture of Persian Islamic and Indian Hindu and Jain architectural masterpieces and the poor weavers' village eventually became a wealthy summer resort, frequented by royalty and divided into three 'realms' – the religious, social and royal.

It's worth a visit today not only for its architectural importance, but also for a wonderfully evocative portrait of the lives of Ahmedabad's privileged in the 15th century.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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