‘Agar Firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, hamin ast wa, hamin ast wa, hamin ast’
Situated in one of the poshest areas of contemporary Delhi, the Lodi Gardens house monuments and tombs dating back to the 15th-18th centuries. With the current setup of the lawns and gardens taking place in the early and mid-20th century, this walk attempts to study the purpose behind the construction of the tombs/mausoleums within the garden complex, and how the people constructing these monuments viewed these structures, specifically focusing on the Sayyid and the Lodi periods (15th-16th century Delhi). Uncovering this would require us to attempt to study these monuments as vital repositories of the history and heritage of Delhi, especially in what has been derogatorily termed as the ‘post-Timur’ Delhi or the period of ‘devastation’ and ‘destruction’ inflicted by Timur/Tamerlane at the end of the 14th century. This walk will attempt to carefully analyse the processes at work in post-Timur Delhi, through a combined read of the monuments at the Lodi Gardens with the primary textual sources left to us by the literati of the 15th-16th centuries, namely the Tarikh-i Mubarak Shahi as well as the Waqi’at-i Mushtaqi.
This guided tour is free.