Mahabat Maqbara Junagarh – A Neglected Masterpiece

During my visit to the Bhavnath Fair Junagarh, I decided to have a look at some of the monuments at the city.

Junagarh comes from the two words – juna which means old and garh meaning fort. The city has a good number of forts, monuments and architecture built by the ruling Nawabs.

I started with Mahabat Maqbara (masoleum). Built in 1892 over the grave of Nawab Mahabad Khan II (1851-82), this tomb is a mixture of Islamic, Hindu and European influences typical of late 19th century royal  monuments of Junagarh.

Notable European features are the floor to lintel French windows and the Gothic columns alongside the doors and windows.

I went there in the evening and then next morning. Some pictures taken during the visits.


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Unfortunately, though the monument is under ASI, there is no ticket to the monument, nor any maintenance. Its in a bad state and URGENTLY NEEDS ATTENTION. If the government does not take care of it, the masterpiece of architecture will soon be crumbling and we will be able to see it only in pictures.

During the evening, it becomes a hideout for the drinkers and during the day, it becomes a playground for the local children.

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From the top of the Maqbara.

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The lights you can see here were installed in some era and are not functional.

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I spent a few hours in the place (it was definitely worth it) before I left for the Bhavnath fair.

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  1. Great coverage.

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