September 19, 2018

Who Built the Qutb Minar - Ghori, Aibak or Iltutmish?

September 15, 2018

The Rustless Iron Pillar of Delhi, an Ancient Wonder

September 12, 2018

Masjid Quwwat-ul-Islam

September 09, 2018

Royal Tanks of Delhi: Hauz-i-Shamsi and Hauz-i-Khas

Hauz-i-Shamsi, also known as Hauz-i-Sultani, is a water tank (Hauz means tank or lake) built by Sultan Shams-ud-din Iltutmish in 1229, located in Mehrauli, Delhi.

As the Hauz-i-Shamsi was occasionally dry, Ala-ud-din Khilji repaired it in 1311. The Sultan ordered to remove sand and mud from the bottom of the tank, raised a pavilion and built a big dome over it.

September 05, 2018

Alai Minar, the Incomplete Minar

'The stone-cutters of Hind, who excel Farhad (a famous sculptor in Persian literature) in their art, took out their hatchets and smoothed the stones so artistically, that if imagination had put its feet upon them, it would have certainly slipped. The masons of Delhi, who consider Niman Manzar a novice in the art of building, used their professional skill and joined stone to stone so that there was no danger of any secret crevice or cavity remaining between them...'

August 30, 2018

Alai Darwaza, the Gate of Ala-ud-din Khilji

Ala-ud-din Khilji, second ruler of the Khilji dynasty of Delhi, contributed very much to architecture, of which the most important is the Alai Darwaza. Alai Darwaza or the Gate of Ala-ud-din Khilji, is the main gateway to the Southern end of the Qutub Mosque, otherwise known as the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, located within the Qutb Complex in Delhi.

August 14, 2018

These were My Ambitions, Says Ala-ud-din Khilji

I ascended the throne of the Kushk-i-Lal (Ruby Palace) at Delhi in the year 1296. My treasury was filled up with gold. I scattered money over the amirs and maliks of the late Sultan Jalal-ud-din Firoz Khilji, my uncle. They were so deluded by the money I gave them that no one ever mentioned the horrible crime I had committed. Within no time, they became my loyal followers. Anyway, after I secured my throne, my principal object was to get rid of my cousins, and my aunt, the Malika-i-Jahan.

August 11, 2018

Revolt of Ala-ud-din's Nephews

Ala-ud-din was the nephew of Sultan Jalal-ud-din Firoz Khilji, founder of the Khilji dynasty. He came to the throne by treacherously murdering his uncle. Likewise, Ala-ud-din's nephews, also attempted to murder their uncle and sit on the throne of Delhi. Four revolts occurred during the reign of Ala-ud-din Khilji (1296-1316), of which two of them were lead by his nephews.

August 09, 2018

Mongol Invasions During the Reign of Ala-ud-din Khilji

Alal-ud-din (1296-1316) was the greatest ruler of the Khilji dynasty. In his reign more than five Mongol invasions occurred, but due to his effective administrative measures, none of them turned harmful.

August 05, 2018

Ala-ud-din Khilji's Conquest of Devagiri in 1296

During the reign of his uncle Sultan Jalal-ud-din Khilji, Ala-ud-din led an army to the Hindu kingdom of Devagiri, the capital of the Yadava dynasty of the Deccan. Ala-ud-din was then the governor of Kara and Oudh. Ramadeva, also known as Ramachandra Deva (1271-1311) was the Raja of Devagiri at this time. His kingdom was very wealthy and prosperous. Ala-ud-din was badly in need of money as he was tired of the intrigues of his wife and mother-in-law, and desired to go away to some distant place and live there. Hearing of the wealth and elephants of Devagiri, he collected his forces and marched to conquer it.