Humayun Tomb Complex, Iltutmish Tomb, Delhi, India - A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shams ud-Din Iltutmish, (ruled between 1211–1236) was the third king who ruled the Delhi Sultanate. His tomb was built in 1235 where the main cenotaph is white marble placed on a raised platform in the centre of the chamber. One can see exquisite carvings both at the entrance and the interior walls. Mihrab or the prayer niche is located near the interior west wall.

Note: Iltutmish was sold as a slave when young boy and was later ‘purchased’ around the 1190s, by the Ghurid slave-commander Qutb al-Din Aibak (who himself was a slave to Ghurid Emperor Mu'izz ad-Din). Iltutmish rose to prominence in Aibak's service, and his bravery gained him relief from slavery as Ghurid Emperor Mu'izz ad-Din manumitted him even before his master Aibak was manumitted.

Aibak ruled Ghurid territories after Mu'izz ad-Din's death in 1206, and after Aibak's death, Iltutmish dethroned his successor Aram Shah in 1211, and set up his capital at Delhi. He married a daughter of Aibak and gained control over much of the territory that had been lost after Aibak's death. How to Reach Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi India?

Tag : Travel Delhi | Content: | Image: Bikashrd | Update: 15-Mar-2021