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Aurangzeb's Tomb
During his rule, 1658 to 1707
C.E., Aurangzeb expanded
the Mughal empire through
prolonged wars of conquest,
mostly in the Deccan. In
1707, at the age of 88,
Aurangzeb was buried in the
Deccan town of Khuldabad in
a simple tomb.
Sign for Aurangzeb's tomb
Outside View of Tomb

Mosque Dome Over
Aurangzeb's Tomb
A staunchly religious man who disavowed the more tolerant policies of his ancestors (see below), Aurangzeb enforced Sharia law for all, forbade drinking and gambling, and reinstated the hated jizya tax on all non-Muslims.

Sign for Tomb of Azamshah Son of Aurangzeb
A mosque was built around the tomb of Aurangzeb. The mosque and tombs of Aurangzeb and his son, Azamshah, are entered from the courtyard. Before prayer people perform ablutions in the tank in the courtyard. In my experience, I observed only men praying at this mosque.
Ritual Washing
Before Prayers at Mosque

Mehrab
At left is a closeup of
the mehrab indicating
the direction of prayer.

Mosque at Tomb

Mosque Main Clock

 

In each mosque, clocks indicate the time for prayer in Muslim shrines around the world. At least one clock is displayed prominently in every mosque.

Mosque Clocks
Perfumes
Sold Outside Mosque
Islamic prayers and passages from the Qur'an decorate Muslim homes and most mosques. Outside the mosque, vendors sell prayer caps (topis), perfumes, and other Islamic articles and books.
Prayer Inscription at Mosque
On his deathbed, Aurangzeb is said to have asked Allah's forgiveness for his years of bloodshed, and to have told his successors to seek inspiration from the liberal policies of his ancestors rather than from his own policies of intolerance, territorial expansion, and warfare.

Minarets Over Mosque
Several Mughal emperors who preceded Aurangzeb were patrons of religious communities and the arts who had supported musicians and artists as well as religious teachers from different traditions.

For more information about Aurangzeb and Mughul history, go to these links: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MUGHAL/CONTENTS.HTM
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/Mughals/mughals.html

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