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Akbar built this city in the little
village of Sikri, 37 km west of Agra,
owing to the hallowed presence of
Shaikh Salim Chishti, the Sufi saint
who told the heirless king that he
would soon be blessed by
sons. The king named his
son Salim, after the saint, ordered a
new imperial capital to be built at
the saint’s abode on a hill at Sikri,
and personally supervised its
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tying a thread on the marble screens of the
main tomb building serves as a constant
reminder to the saint of their wishes.
Palace of Jodha Bai
Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti
Fatehpur Sikri is playful and full of surprises:
turn a corner and find an enchanted walled
garden, or climb out of an apartment and
find a tree perfectly framed in a window.
Built by Akbar, the architecture of this village
is something worth watching. The emperor
chose red sandstone to minimise the
stylistic clashes that could result from the
mixing of elements of Timurid, Persian and
Indian styles. An astonishing city took shape:
pavilions and courtyards, domes, balconies,
terraces, gardens, elegant cupolas, tanks,
pools and baths. The architecture sheltered
the imperial household from the harsh
North Indian sun, but it also allowed for the
play of filtered or refracted light and air
through latticed windows and doors.
Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India
Fatehpur Sikri, India
The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines
the burial place of the Sufi saint Salim Chisti.
The tomb was constructed by Akbar as a
mark of his respect for the Sufi saint.
Exquisite marble screens enclose the main
tomb building on all sides while the tomb is
places in the centre of the main hall with a
single semicircular dome.
It seems that the marble building is built of
ivory due to its elegant carvings. Devotees
ask for the blessings of the saint and seek
fulfillment of their wishes. It is believed that