Sunday, June 1, 2014

Incomplete tomb of the last Qutb Shahi King, outskirts of Hyderabad

It's not easy being a king. This is the incomplete tomb of the last Qutb Shahi king, Mirza Nizamuddin Ahmed (who died in 1687 in captivity in Daulatabad Fort). With him, the rule of the Qutb Shahi emperors ended. 
It was a practice among the Qutb Shahis that each king built his own tomb, in preparation ahead. The plans for this tomb ended rudely after an eight-month seige by Aurangazeb. Seeing the tomb reminded me that dizzying heights are also accompanied by dizzying lows. Maybe there is something to said for a life without such pomp and splendour!

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