The last king of Burma was transported to Ratnagiri where he lived to 
the end  in abject poverty.   Aibert, Prince of Wales and heir was confined to 
an abandoned Scottish palace and starved to death.    His remains were placed 
in a vault behind the family dining room on the third floor at Windsor, ringed  
  by a high metal barrier. At Westminister, Elizabeth lies buried, only a few 
feet from Queen Mary who she   had beheaded.

AURANGZEB’S TOMB atKHULDABAD (a village a few kms from Aurangabad)

          It was perhapsthe Mughals who first conjured up the concept of a 
mausoleum to symbolize thepower and glory of their empire. Each of the Emperors 
constructed magnificentmonuments as their mausoleums, each in his own style. 
From Humayun’s Tomb inNew Delhi, Akbar’s Tomb in Sikander, Jehangir’s tomb in 
Lahore and culminatingwith Shah Jehan’s Taj Mahal in Agra, each mausoleum has 
tried to outdo its predecessorwith its beauty, artistry & craftsmanship. 

          The populacemay well have wondered what the Emperor Aurangzeb would 
leave behind as hismausoleum when his time was up. That he was parsimonious was 
well known seeinghow he had skimped and forced his son Azam Shah to scrounge in 
order tocomplete the construction of the ‘Bibi ka Maqbara.’ 

It must have surely have come as agreat shock when the Emperor, in tune with 
his puritanical Islamic beliefs,prescribed for himself burial in a common 
graveyard in an impoverished littletown called Khuldabad. He decreed that no 
structure of any kind should be builtupon his grave. The graveyard has 
mausoleums dedicated to Sufi saints whopassed away here, but the emperor’s 
grave site remains unbuilt.

In time the location of the tombitself might have been lost, but it seems that 
many decades later, the Nizam ofHyderabad ordered the construction of a marble 
platform surrounded by a marbletrellis around the tomb. A few visitors take 
time out from their itinerary totake the diversion from the road that leads to 
Ellora. A guide stationed insidethe complex, keeps parroting the full name of 
the Emperor and requesting donationsin a metal box by the side, for the 
maintenance of the site.

For some reason, a blurb credits theconstruction of the platform and trellis to 
Lord Curzon, the English Viceroy. Itseems doubtful to me that an English 
Viceroy would spend any part of hiscolonial budget to commemorate a Mughal 
Emperor from before his time. More sowhen you consider that the last of the 
Mughals, the Emperor Bahadur Shah Dafarwas banished from India in chains and 
died in prison in the Andamans.  

Whether it was the Nizam or theunlikely Lord Curzon, the marble platform and 
trellis have provided this littletown with its unusual tourist destination.


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