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Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti



The beautiful square marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. It is situated in the city of 'Fathehpur Sikri' in Agra. The tomb was built where the famous Sufi sage Sheikh Salim Chishti sat in meditation during his lifetime.
The mausoleum was built by Akbar as a mark of his respect and reverence for the saint and it was completed in the year 1580-81. The entrance has four thin pillars with unusual Gujarati style serpentine struts that curve upwards to the roof which are highly decorative. The main hall, which contains the tomb of the saint, is roofed by a single semicircular dome. The Arabic inscription in relief around the outer wall of the tomb chamber are verses from the Koran, of special significance to the Sufis. The floor of the chamber is paved with white marble, inlaid with stones of different colors.

People of all religion come in thousands to offer flowers and pray at the shrine and tie cotton threads in the belief that their wishes would be fulfilled.
 
 
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