Firoz Shah Tughlaq was well known as a prolific patron of architectural projects, but it seems like his wazir (prime minister) Khan Jahan Junan Shah was the same, credited with commissioning seven major mosques in various parts of Delhi in the second half of the 14th c. Continue reading
As always, click on image to go to its flickr set
I’m finally back to my Dilli Darshan project, and so finally went to Chirag Dilli! This is the “urban village” I had posted an aerial image of in November, which was an almost perfect square from that view. On the ground, of course, things were not that orderly. Continue reading
An interesting aerial shot of one of the sites I was talking about before – Khirki Masjid. This is a 14th c. mosque that is unusual because much of it is covered, as opposed to having a large central open courtyard. Instead, this has 4 small courtyards with wide “passages” between them. From the sky the shape is pretty interesting, you can see it as the checkered square in the lower left quarter of the photo. Continue reading
Darshan: Pilgrimage, Visit
I’ve been visiting Delhi’s innumerable (literally!) historic sites and posting images from them on my flickr account. I’m just at the beginning of this “project” (which is not connected with my dissertation research directly, but is a good way to get to know the city better) and go for these visits as and when I can.
I’m using a book titled Delhi: A Hundred Years of Building by Lucy Peck. It’s pretty darned comprehensive, and I’m starting from the beginning and progressing chronologically, so have arranged the photos in the same order.
You can click here to go to my “photostream” on flickr.
Flickr allows members to arrange photos into “collections” and “sets”. I’ve made a collection titled Dilli Darshan for this project, and each site I visit is in a sub-collection under the Dilli Darshan collection. Each building at the site has it’s own set under these (sub)collections. From my photostream you can go to the Dilli Darshan collection and explore.
Click the images below to go to the sets of two mosques from the latest site I visited.