(Last Updated on : 08/03/2017)
Amongst the historical monuments of Delhi
a stupendous structure commonly known as Bhool Bhulaiya, the name for the tomb of Adam Khan is located right behind the Qutub Minar
in front of the Mehrauli
bus stand. Nevertheless, this is one of the very few monuments still existing from the age of Akbar
& a great work of marvel.
History of the Tomb of Adam Khan
North of the Qutab-Mehrauli Road at the entrance of Mehrauli village, along the walls of Lal Kot, is the octagonal tomb of Adham Khan. He was the son of Maham Anga, who was a wet nurse of the Mughal Emperor
When Adam Khan killed Ataga Khan, the husband of Ji Ji Anga, another of Akbar's nurses, he was thrown down from the walls of Agra Fort
, on Akbar's orders. Soon, Maham Anga also died, consumed by grief, and Akbar built this tomb for them in 1562. In 1830s, a British officer named Blake of Bengal Civil Service, converted this tomb into his residential apartment and removed the graves to make way for his dining hall. Though the officer died soon, it continued to be used as a rest house for many years by the British, and at one point even as a police station and a post office.
Architecture of the Tomb of Adam Khan
Conquered by a dome, the tomb is popularly known as Bhul bhulaiyan, due to its labyrinth where one may lose one's way in the corridors of the tomb. The tomb is built in Lodi style with a verandah on each side with three openings and that too without the usual eaves below the parapets. It is said that in the early 19th century, the tomb was converted into a residence of an Englishman named Blake of the Bengal
Civil Service. Later the tomb was also used or misused as a police station, post office and even a rest house. The tomb was finally vacated and maintained as a monument on the orders of Lord Curzon