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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sarkhej Roza - Ahmedabad

     Location:     8 km South West of Ahmedabad
     Highlight:     Home of the spiritual leader of Sultan Ahmed Shah

Lying at a stretch of 8 kms on the south western side of Ahmedabad, Sarkhej Roza was the home of the spiritual leader of Sultan Ahmed Shah named Ahmed Kattu Gang Baksh, who was a Muslim religious leader. It contains a cluster of monuments, the origin of which can be dated back to the times of Mughal rule in Ahmedabad. Read on to know more about Sarkhej Roza in Ahmedabad, Gujarat…

It is a platform where three distinctive worlds coexist, namely royal, religious and social. The palaces and tombs form part of the royal world, the mosque constitutes the religious realm and the tanks and pavilions have given rise to the social world. The carved stone grills create an atmosphere of tranquility, thereby serving as a great retreat for people seeking peace.

     When you visit Sarkhej Roza, do not forget to take a look at the tomb of Saint Ahmed Khattu Baksh, the spiritual guide of the founder of Ahmedabad city. It also houses the tomb of the Emperor Mehmud Shah Beguda and his queen. Sarkhej Roza of Ahmedabad is renowned for the marvelous buildings that lie within its premises. The architectural pattern of Sarkhej Roza is mesmerizing. The reflection of sunlight creates beautiful impressions.

      Sarkhej Roza is a small city, located 10 km towards the southwest of Ahmedabad. It is known for its beautiful architectural complexes. The complex houses a mausoleum and a mosque. In the ancient era, Sarkhej Roza was a small village comprising of mainly Hindu weavers and Indigo dyers population. It was inhabited by a great Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmed Khattu. He was a close friend and advisor to Sultan Ahmed Shah.
     The saint lived in the village till the age of 111 years. He died in the year 1445, after which the Sultan ordered the construction of a mausoleum and a mosque in his honor. The construction of these two monuments was completed by his successor, Qutub-ud-din Ahmed Shah in the year 1451 AD. The grandeur of the complex was further enhanced by Sultan Mahmud Begada in the later half of the 15th century. He constructed a tank in the center, pavilions and a small personal mosque. He even built a mausoleum for himself and his family just opposite to that of the Sufi saint. The Dargah (mausoleum of the saint), is the one of the largest in Gujarat. It has a huge dome and a platform. The mosque is a fascinating structure for the ones who admire architectural excellence. It has multi domed prayer halls, arches and spacious courtyards and can be reached from the saint’s tomb. As a result, the mosque has become the most secluded and tranquil place in the complex. However, the most imposing structure in Sarkhej Roza remains the tomb of the saint, owing to the mammoth size of the dome. The religious as well as the royal worlds co-exist in the complex. The royal tombs stand silently exhibiting their royal majesty.

General Information about

Location: Ahmedabad

State: Gujarat

Capital: Gandhinagar

Language: Gujarati, Hindi, English

Temperature: Max 42˚C, Min 27˚C (summer), Max 26˚C, Min 14˚C (winter)

Best Season: September to March

How to Reach:

By Air:
Ahmedabad Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is about 14 km from the heart of the city. Airport is connected with all major cities in India and also with many cities in abroad, like Muscat, New York, London and Colombo. Pre-paid taxis are available in Airport, costing about Rs 350 to Ahmedabad city.

By Rail:
Ahmedabad railway station is connected to many major cities including Mumbai and Delhi. It is connected to all major cities in Gujarat.

By Road:
The closest metro is Mumbai. Every day deluxe bus services are available from Mumbai (fare about Rs 600) and also from all major cities in Gujarat.

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