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Patancheru Tombs

An interesting array of deteriorating textures on a heritage monument which is in the heart of an industrial area and is under threat from the air pollution from the factories as well as the heavy traffic.

The image is a wall from the mausoleum of Amin Khan, a late 16th century feudatory of the Qutb Shahis, who ruled in the Patancheru area. The central arch of the has a stone inscription that records details of Amin Khan’s rule.

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Unidentified tomb

Rarely venture out trying out different filters in Photoshop but couldn’t resist this one. Sketch followed by Sepia conversion of a photograph of an unidentified tomb lying in the vicinity of the Dargah. It was ornate and exclusive, lead me to think it was a royal tomb but all the Qutb  Shahi family members were buried at the QS Tombs, so perhaps this belonged to some minister or nobleman with enough money. It wasn’t dilapidated but the neglect was obvious. What you cannot see here in the sketch is all the ugly stuff like the vegetation growing around, or the garbage, or even the dog sleeping beside the tomb for that matter.

I shall put up the original someday but I think I quite like this one.

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The cluster of tombs has some very interesting architecture typical to the Qutb Shahi style. The square or octagonal bases and onion shaped domes seem quite characteristic. The corridors lined with many archways came at a later time. What I had never observed earlier was the heavy decorated arches and panels around the Hakims tomb.

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Saidanima’s tomb

This is the gorgeous structure present near Tank Bund. I’m sure everyone wonders how a building of that kind popped in the middle at Ranigunj. The architecture is interesting too. On entering, I was certain it had to belong to the Paigah rulers but when I looked up, the dome seemed very Qutb Shahi but then it was very heavily decorated as well.

I intend to cover these Heritage monuments of Hyderabad, at least whatever remains of them. Some buildings like this one are a little more fortunate that there is something done for preservation/maintainence but a few others are in a state of total neglect. Perhaps there will be lesser apathy, but at least there’d be some record of the place before it is eventually brought down.

[Text from Heritage Capital Hyderabad]
Hazrath Saidanima Saheba was mother of Abdul Haq Diler Jung, who was a high ranking official during the mid-Nineteenth century. The main tomb in the darga is of Hazrath Saidanima Saheba. It is unique in itself
because it is one among those where the entire upper portion, dome etc. of the tomb is Qutb Shahi but the arcade at the ground floor is of cusped arches in Mughal style. A very conspicuous specimen of Neo Qutb Shahi style is this tomb.

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