Completed in 1892 by his successor Bahadur Kanji, the influences of Mahabat Maqbara can be seen through its pillar walls and windows. You can reach there through a smooth and safe road. Multiple buses travel from Junagadh to other cities like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Sasan, etc. It is opened 24 x 7 hrs on all weekdays. Further, a history of it is also ear-catching.
Mahabat Maqbara History
Mahabat Khan born in 1900 was the son of HH Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji. He was the last ruler of Junagadh in British India who ruled from 1911 to 1948, after the death of his three elder brothers. He was loved by his people and have a quite good administrator according to Sir Cyril Hancock who was a former resident of the western state. During the stay of Mahabat Khan in India, he monitored the construction of a dam and library named Willingdon and Bahadur Khanji. Also, one very interesting thing about him is that he was very fond of animals especially dogs. He has almost 2000 pedigree dogs and spent thousands of rupees on his dog’s marriage and birthday parties.
Junagadh was formed during the British rule, the rule of east India company. The British divided the Saurashtra region into 100 princely states in which Junagadh was one of the parts. The ruler of it during the time of independence was the Mahabat Khan but has to leave it as he was a Muslim and due to the India-Pakistan partition, he has to move to Pakistan side and thus Mahabat Maqbara was left ruler less just after 3 months of independence. It is based in the city which is quite old and was built during the 19th and 20th century. This makes the maqbara even more influential for the tourist.
Mahabat Maqbara Architecture
The maqbara has four pillars and has a quite similar architecture to the Taj Mahal. A more interesting part can be seen on the ground floor where you will see French type windows and a silver shinning main gate. Thus signifying pretty unique characteristics of a maqbara. The visitors find no ticket fees to visit the mahabat maqbara. The pillars of the maqbara have rounded stairs which signifies foreign culture. The center dome is made of foreign glasses and murals which makes it shiny and even more attractive. The best time you can visit mahabat maqbara is from January to March or from October to December.
Bhavnath Mahadev Mela
Moreover, the old city is not as boring as it goes with the name, you can find many interesting things for shopping such as souvenirs like wall hangings, bandhani saris, cloth toys, devotional items, embroidered clothes. Other shopping complexes can also be found such as Jenili shopping center, Prizam complex, Sawad complex, and the New Sankalp complex. Also, Bhavanth festival is the point of attraction that begins during the Maha Shivaratri festival. During this festival, this old town looks like a bride and signifies a wonderful time for the visit. Another festival named Navaratri is also celebrated with huge fanfare signifying the worship of nine forms of goddess Durga.
Mahabat Maqbara Timmings
Mon-Sat: 24 hrs
Sun: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM