The present day entrance to the Temple.
The Shrine of Jog (‘Worship’) Maya (‘Wealth, also a name for Luchmee the goddess of wealth’) at the Kootoob dedicated to Devee an Hindoo goddess is said to have been from time immemorial the site of idolatrous worship. The two temples represented were built, the one by Rana (‘King- Chief’) Peertee or Pritvy Raj (‘Peertee or Pritvy Raj: Lord of the Earth’), and the other by his chief almoner. Rana Peertee called also Rae (‘King’) Pittorah, the latter a corruption without any meaning, was the King of Ajmere and Indra (‘God of Elements’) Put (‘Town or City’) the ancient Hindoo city of Dehly, the name being derived from Delu or Dehlu, the chief Zumundar or land proprietor of the place.”
His diary has 130 paintings by one, Mazhar Khan. This is of the temple as it existed then.( I had the opportunity to see an exhibition of this collection recently in Delhi and took photographs of the prints.)
We were accompanied by Mr K K Mohammed ( Ex Director ASI) and Stella Dupius( writer of Yogini Temples in India)
A view of the Qutb Minar from the ruins of lal Kot
This was once a water reservoir or Anang Tal built byAnangpal Tomar
The ASI has done extensive excavations in the area and this is the remains of a house : rooms
The wall runs an impressive course . It reminded me of Hadrian’s wall in U.K. Of course that was much better preserved, marked and marketed.
In front of one of the ramparts of the Citadel of Lal Kot
The tomb of Haji Rozbih and Bibi ( said to be a female relative of PrithviRaj Chauhan who became a disciple of Haji Roz )
Haji Roz is said to be the first Sufi saint to enter Delhi. His grave is very well hidden and we were led to it by Syed Mohammed Qasim and Asif Dehlvi .
Rahmat Miyan , the mojavir of the Dargah who told us the history of the place too. Winter or summers he sleeps here and safeguards the area. According to him The Bibi is PrithviRaj Chauhan’s daughter, Bela . But there is no verification of this by any other historical source that i could find. If anyone does , please share.
It is called Bhima’s ( The Mahabharat hero) Chitanki . Bhima was supposed to have the strength of an elephant so this huge stone was like a chitanki or 1/16th of a seer ( chhitank bhar) for him.
Nobody knows how or why this stone came here.
It reminded me of Krishna’s butterball in Mahabalipuram
And yes this area has it all. Starts with the temple and ends in the Dargah
The entrance to Lal Kot from near Adham Khan’s tomb.
According to R V Smith ,Adham Khan’s tomb was made by Akbar on the pattern of The Dome Of The Rock .
It is certainly different from the typical Afghan and Mughal structures.
from Metcalfe’s Reminisces
Inscribed: naqsha-i maqbara-i Adham dar Qutb.
The name is generally pronounced so like your Adam, that new arrivals are sometimes made to believe that the building is really the Tomb of our common Progenitor.
[The Tomb of Shaikh ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi near the Qutb Minar, on the bank of the Hauz-i-shamsi. ‘Abdul Haq Dihlavi, born in 1551, was a writer in Arabic and Persian, who won favour from both Mughal Emperors, Jahangir (r.1605-28) and Shah Jahan (r.1628-58). He died in 1642. ]
A mother or grandmother feeding her child. Just as perhaps Maham Anga may have fed the young Akbar and his foster brother, her son, Adham Khan.
Who has ever gone alone to the grave?
‘Amir ‘ the book of deeds also goes with one.
The banda bahadur Gurudwara, Mehrauli
A view from the jaali on the ladies side into the dargah of Hazrat Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki.
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