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Sarkhej Roza is a reminder of the majestic past of Ahmedabad - the principal city of the Western Indian state of Gujarat. Located about 10 km South West of Ahmedabad, it was the home of a great Sufi saint Ahmed Kattu Gang Baksh. The saint was a close friend and advisor to Sultan Ahmed Shah & lived in the village till the age of 111 years. He died in the year 1445, after which the Sultan ordered the construction of a mausoleum and a mosque in his honor.

Sarkhej Roza is known for its beautiful architectural complexes. The complex houses a mausoleum and a mosque. In the ancient era, Sarkhej Roza was a small village comprising of mainly Hindu weavers and Indigo dyers population. The construction of the monuments was completed by Ahmed Khan’s successor, Qutub-ud-din Ahmed Shah in the year 1451 AD. The grandeur of the complex was further enhanced by Sultan Mahmud Begada in the later half of the 15th century. He constructed a tank in the center, pavilions and a small personal mosque. He even built a mausoleum for himself and his family just opposite to that of the Sufi saint. The Dargah (mausoleum of the saint), is the one of the largest in Gujarat. It has a huge dome and a platform.

The mosque is a fascinating structure for the ones who admire architectural excellence. It has multi domed prayer halls, arches and spacious courtyards and can be reached from the saint's tomb. As a result, the mosque has become the most secluded and tranquil place in the complex. The religious as well as the royal worlds co-exist in the complex. The royal tombs stand silently exhibiting their royal majesty. The carved stone grills, which I tried to photograph here, do not just mitigate light and temperature, but also maintain privacy and dignity of the place.

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