Taramati Baradari

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Taramati Baradari
Taramati-Baradari.jpg
General information
Type Caravan Station
Location Hyderabad, India
Coordinates 17°22′34″N 78°22′41″E / 17.376080°N 78.378117°E / 17.376080; 78.378117
Completed 1880s

Taramati Baradari is a historical sarai as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian style garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the second Sultan of Golconda.

History[edit]

The Baradari was constructed on the banks of the Musi river. Today, the region comes under the city limits of Hyderabad, India. The tourism department attributes the name to the reign of the Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutb Shah who as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is said to have named the sarai Taramati Baradari.

Fables[edit]

The tourism department promotes the location by romantic stories linking the then-Sultan with a courtesan named Taramati.[1] One such story goes that during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah, he used to hear Taramati’s voice as she sung for travelers at the serai, while he sat two kilometers away at Golconda fort. Her melodious voice was carried by the breeze, reaching the prince’s ear at the fort. There is no recorded report of the same.

Another fable tells of two ravishing dancing sisters, Taramati and Premamati, who danced on ropes tied between their pavilion and the balcony of the king and patron, Abdulla Qutub Shah.[2]

About half a mile north of the fort lies his grave amid a cluster of carved royal tombs. Here lie buried the Qutub Shahi kings and queens in what once their rose gardens.

As a tribute to Taramati and Premamati, they both were buried in the royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings.

Renovation[edit]

Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari pavilion has 12 doorways and was constructed to allow cross ventilation and is one of the most indigenous techniques to have been used at that time.[3]

The open pavilion includes other facilities like an air-cooled theatre with capacity of 500 people, open-air auditorium with capacity of 1600 people, Banquet Hall with capacity of 250, and multi-cuisine restaurant.[4]

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