Built in 1707, almost half a century after Taj Mahal, this lesser known shrine, situated in the heart of Dehradun, is the reason why the town is named so! The construction was patronised by Aurangzeb who dedicated this place to his friend and guide, Sri Guru Ram Rai. This complex is one of the finest examples of artworks of Mughal times ..with marvellous Frescoes, Marble-inlay work (pachchikari) done by the descendants of artists who worked on Taj Mahal.. this place is an oasis of tranquility in Dehradun.
In this episode, we visit the place that is believed to be the burial place of Abdul Qadir Bedil – a celebrated poet of the 17th century.
Here, we get to know about the following aspects in connection with the site:
- Bedil – one of the most well known and revered poets of Persian language
- The poetry societies, run by Afghan taxi drivers of Washington DC, dedicated to Bedil’s poetry
- Ghalib’s high opinion of Bedil’s poetry
- The story around Aurangzeb’s order and Bedil’s remark
- The argument about Bedil’s actual burial place
Hope you enjoy! 🙂