Tomb of Adham Khan – Bhool Bhulaiya, Delhi, India


Adham Khan’s Tomb Locally known as “Bhool Bhulaiya” (a Labyrinth or Maze) lies to the north of the Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, Delhi, immediately before one reaches the town of Mehrauli, built 1561, it is now a protected monument by Archeological Survey of India.


The tomb stands on the wall of an ancient Rajput fortess, the Lal Kot. It is large and octagonal in plan, with a single, wide dome. The tomb at the time of its building would have represented a traditional, old-fashioned pattern of tomb-building, of the type developed under the Sayyid dynasty early in the 14th century.

Adham Khan, son of Maham Anga, a wet nurse of Akbar, was a nobleman and general in Akbar’s army. In 1561, he fell out with Ataga Khan, Akbar’s Prime Minister, and husband of Ji Ji Anga, another wet nurse, and killed him, whereupon he was thrown down from the ramparts of Agra Fort twice, by the order of the emperor Akbar and died.

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