Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb – Mehrauli, Delhi, India

A Tomb With A View In Beautiful Delhi. Visit the resting place of a revered Sufi saint

Set in a beautiful park filled with roses and families playing cricket, the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb (built in 1528) remains the final resting place of the Sufi saint Shaikh Fazlu’llah, also known as Jalal Khan, or Jamali. Jamali was a tutor and court poet to Sultan Sikandar Lodhi, and remained prominent after the Moghuls overthrew the Lodhi dynasty. Jamali’s tomb also hosts a second person, called Kamali. Kamali has variously been speculated to be Jamali’s son, brother, and even lover. Though small in size, its walls and ceiling feature magnificently ornate patterned tiles, in vivid hues, accentuated by several of the saint’s own verses.

The adjacent mosque is more typically Mughal in nature, with red sandstone walls punctuated by a white stone outline. Four central arches encircle a magnificent central arch, intricately decorated and flanked by fluted pillars. Quranic inscriptions adorn the walls, while staircases at either end rise to a narrow gallery with a series of oriel windows. A warning, though – it’s said to be haunted!

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