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Mirza Najaf Khan's Tomb

December 31, 1781
Mirza Firuz Shah
Architectural and Building
Babur II 1881-1920

Mirza Najaf Khan's Tomb



Mirza Najaf Khan (1723 – 26 April 1782) was an adventurer of Safavid lineage who came to Delhi around 1740 from Iran after Nader Shah had displaced Safavid dynasty in 1735. He became a courtier of Mughal emperor Shah Alam II. He married his sister into the family of the Shia Nawab of Awadh, which resulted in him gaining the title of Deputy Wazir of Awadh. He served during the Battle of Buxar, and he was the highest commander of the Mughal army from 1772 till his death in April 1782. Tomb of Mirza Najaf Khan "Miza Najaf Khan's Tomb"' near Safdarjung Airport lies closer to the Tomb of Safdarjung in the Lodhi Gardens.It is an uncompleted tomb. Set in a lush modern landscaped garden, this tomb is inside an enclosed boundary. There is a beautifully ruined entrance to the tomb complex set at a distance from the base platform of the tomb. In the middle of the area enclosed by the boundary, lies a large and beautiful square red stone platform with another smaller platform on top with a flat roof and no dome. Inscription marked grave of Mirza Najaf Khan and his daughter, Fatima (died 1820 CE), are inside two marble cenotaphs. The mausoleum (tomb) stands in the centre of a large garden enclosure with a raised platform, originally veneered with sandstone, with two inscribed marble cenotaphs on its top, traces of which can be seen. One belongs to Najaf khan and the other to his daughter Fatima. The real graves are located in one of the two chambers in the core of the platform. An enclosure wall covers the whole complex. Najaf Khan was related to the Safavi kings of Persia and came with his sister to the court of Muhammad Shah (A.D 1719-48). Later he had entered the services of Shah Alam II (A.D. 1759-1806) and had proved to be one of the most formidable mughal Military commander until his death in 1782.


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Very good information.


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