Kotla Mubarakpur A historical walk

Kotla is a hidden gem in Delhi. 15th century relics live side by side with modern construction and cars here. The tomb of Mubarakshah from the 15th century is a classic example. Medeival Walls of this fortified area have now been used as foundations for newer constructions. Mubarakshah was a ruler of Delhi in the Delhi Sultanate period and a part of the Sayyid dynasty. The Sayyids believed they descended from the Prophet Mohammad.

Fort walls now prop up homes

Stray dogs and filth are found on the streets in this neglected area of Delhi. Actually, stray dogs, cows, Bulls, goats and monkeys can be found in Delhi easily.

Octogonal tomb of Mubarak Shah

The octagonal tomb houses the graves of Mubarakshah and probably his wife. Notice how the grave at the back has a pencil box like potrusion. This is called a Kalam and is only on top of tombs for males. The woman's tomb has a flat board called a Takhti. This symbolism is sexist and shows the prevalent thinking at that time.

There are more graves there, one of a child perhaps but we are not sure.

Scalloped arches at a preserved 18th century house in this area.
Bade Khan and chote Khan tombs. Photo by Koshyk
Bade Khan ka gumbad

The tomb from 1481AD is the earliest tomb from the Lodi period. It looks like it has many stories when in fact it only has one. This is typical Lodi architecture. It's very well preserved and so is the smaller tomb next door.

Darya Khan lohani's tomb. Photo by Varun shiv Kapur

16th century tomb of the Chief Justice of Bahlol Lodi during Sikandar Lodi's tomb. It's mostly in ruins but is still nice to see.

Masjid moth

Masjid moth or moth mosque is not used as a mosque now but is well preserved and worth the 20 minute walk from the Souh extension market. There is barely anyone here in the mornings. The mosque's exteriors also have Chatri's borrowed from the Hindu Rajput kings from hundreds of years ago.


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