Khairtabad Mosque is a mosque of late medieval times. This mosque poses the architectural splendour in Khairatabad. Today Khairtabad is a well-known locality built around the mosque. The area had become a major business and Information Technology hub of Hyderabad, which is now the capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
History of Khairtabad Mosque
Khairtabad Mosque was built by Khairunisa Begum in the year 1626 AD. This was the time when Jahangir was ruling Delhi as a Mughal Sultan. Khairunisa Begum was also known as Ma Saheba. She was the daughter of VI Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, who ruled this place from the year 1612 to 1626 AD. She built the mosque for her tutor Akhund Mulla Abul Malik.
There is an empty domed building adjacent to the mosque. The reason for its being devoid of any grave is that it was built by Akhund for self burial; as he died during his pilgrimage to Haj in Mecca. Even now also the dome is vacant.
Khairunisa Begum asked his son-in-law Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali to construct a palace, a mosque and a tank for the princess. The tank later became famous as Hussain Sagar, built in the northern boundary of Khairtabad. Hussain Sagar is an artificial lake in Telangana. This lake was built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in the year 1562. During the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah, he was commissioned to build this man made lake. It is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometres and is fed by Musi River. A large monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha, erected in 1992 stands in an island in the middle of the lake. The maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet.
Architecture of Khairatabad Mosque
Khairatabad Mosque was designed and constructed by Hussain Shah Wali, who was also the architect of Hussain Sagar. The mosque has a three-arch opening in front. The slim minarets of the mosque have lot of ornamental work and the Jali (net) work is worth seeing, which has a similarity with Agra Fort. The structural design of the mosque presents perfect concord of medieval art from bottom to top. The chief praying hall in Khairatabad Mosque is located on a raised platform.
Khairatabad Mosque is now under the maintenance of Archaeological Survey of India.