After six long years of restoration work, the tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khana, who was a commander in Chief in Akbar’s army, came back to life on December 17. The hands of over 3,000 craftsmen together worked to restore the ancient ruin that Rahim had constructed in memory of his wife Mah Banu, five decades before the Taj Mahal was built.
The whole structure reeks perfection through the red sandstone and white marbles that it dons and flaunts. The 16th-century mausoleum had seen its worst during the 18-19th century when stones from the building were pulled out to make buildings elsewhere.
However, the InterGlobe Foundation and Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) took on to themselves to restore the ruined adobe of art as part of its ‘Nizamuddin area Urban Renewal Initiative’.
Throughout the six years of the project, artisans came by to restore the elegance of the tomb’s decorative plaster, sandstone flooring in the hall, dalans, chattris, dome and façade.
This, as per the reports, is the largest heritage conservation drive undertaken by Interglobe Foundation. Besides the structure restoration, the conservation drive also focuses on culminating Rahim’s literary works and archival research in an English publication – Celebrating Rahim.
You can visit the tomb after paying Rs 40, fixed by ASI.