Mahabat Maqbara complex

Coordinates: 21°31′38″N 70°27′36″E / 21.5272°N 70.46°E / 21.5272; 70.46
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Mahabat Maqbara
Mahabat Maqbara
21°31′38″N 70°27′36″E / 21.5272°N 70.46°E / 21.5272; 70.46
LocationJunagadh, Gujarat, India
Beginning date1878
Completion date1892
Dedicated toMahabat Khan II

Mahabat Maqbara and Bahauddin Maqbra are mausoleums in Junagadh, Gujarat, India. They were completed in 1892 and 1896 respectively and are dedicated to Mahabat Khan II, the Nawab of Junagadh State, and his minister Bahauddin Hussain Bhar respectively.


The Nawabs of Babi dynasty ruled the erstwhile Junagadh State. The construction of the Mahabat Maqbara was started in 1878 by Nawab Mahabat Khan II (1851–82) and ended in 1892 during the reign of Nawab Bahadur Khan III (1882–92). It houses grave of Mahabat Khan II.[1][2][3] It is a State Protected Monument under Gujarat Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1965.[3]

Bahauddin Maqbara

The adjacent mausoleum in north was constructed by Mahabat Khan II's Vizier (minister) Sheikh Bahauddin Hussain Bhar with his own funds during 1891–1896. It is known as the Bahauddin Maqbara or Vazir's Maqbara.[1][4][3]


A minaret with winding staircase around it.

These mausoleums are known for amalgamation of Indo-Islamic styles (mainly Gujarat Sultanate and Mughal) with considerable European (Gothic) influence.[2][5]

These mausoleums have the carvings on its inner and outer façades and arches with yellowish light brown exterior. They have onion-shaped domes, French windows, sculptures, marble tracery work, marble columns, marble jalis and silver doorways. The minarets on four sides of one of these mausoleums has winding staircases around them.[3]

The Jama Mosque is located nearby with similar architectural style.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Junagadh's Mahabat Maqbara is a stunner to behold". The Indian Express. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b Lopez, Annabel; Collaco, Bevinda (2004). The Guide to the Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent. Architecture Autonomous. p. 301. ISBN 978-4-88706-141-5.
  3. ^ a b c d Tehsin, Arefa (27 April 2013). "Unlamented, let me die". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Mahabat Maqbara, the unsung architectural treasure of Junagadh". Times of India Travel. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  5. ^ Abram, David; Edwards, Nick; Ford, Mike; Jacobs, Daniel; Meghji, Shafik; Sen, Devdan; Thomas, Gavin (1 October 2013). The Rough Guide to India. Rough Guides UK. p. 667. ISBN 978-1-4093-4261-8.