Safdarjung Tomb


    In News 

    • Recently, Safdarjung Tomb has suffered damages owing to the recent rains. 
    • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken cognisance of the matter and will begin a repair exercise soon.


    • The Safdarjung Tomb, designed by an Ethiopian architect marks the last colossal garden tomb of the Mughals
    • It was built in 1753- 54 as the mausoleum of Safdarjung, the viceroy of Awadh under the Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah.
    • It is  made of marble and sandstone
    • It has several smaller pavilions with evocative names like Jangalmahal, (Palace in the woods), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Badshah Pasand (King’s favourite).
    • The complex also has a madrasa. 
    • It is one of the 174 ASI-protected monuments in Delhi. 
      • In 2019, it became the third ASI-protected monument in Delhi to be illuminated, after Red Fort and Purana Qila.


    Image Courtesy : Outlook India

    About Safdarjung

    • He was  a Persian native and a descendant of Qara Yusuf from the Kara Koyunlu
    • He was born Muhammad Muqim in Khurasan in 1708 AD. 
    • In 1722 AD, he relocated to India. 
    •  The ever powerful and resourceful statesman Safdarjung, who proved his mettle as an able administrator relocated to Delhi where he was made the Wazir ul-Mamalik-i-Hindustan or Prime Minister of Hindustan
    • The Emperor Nasir-ud-Din Muhammad Shah bestowed upon him the title of “Safdarjung”.
    • In 1754, he died in Sultanpur near Faizabad.