Sarkhej Roza is a mosque and tomb complex located in the village of Makarba. The complex is known as "Acropolis of Ahmedabad", due to 20th century architect Le Corbusier's famous comparison of this mosque's design to the Acropolis of Athens.
Sarkhej was once a prominent centre of Sufi culture in the country, where influential Sufi saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh lived. It was on the saint's suggestion that Sultan Ahmed Shah set up his capital on the banks of the Sabarmati, a few miles away from Sarkhej.
Upon his death in 1445, the reigning monarch, Mohammed Shah ordered a mausoleum built in his honour, along with a mosque. The constructions of these two monuments were completed in 1451 A.D., by his successor Qutb'ud-Din Ahmed Shah. The Sarkhej Roza complex has been interpreted as being composed of both 'jism'(body) and 'ruh'(spirit), giving it the qualities of a human being.
Sarkhej Roza fused both Muslim and Hindu principles of architecture. While the ringed domes, the profusion of pillars and brackets follow the Islamic genre, much of the ornamentation and motifs have Hindu designs. It is one of the best examples of Indo Saracenic Architecture which combines the Persian with the indigenous Hindu and Jain architecture.
Visiting Hours: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm Everyday
The rest rooms within the complex are maintained very neatly and there was provision for drinking water.
The Mosque and the tomb complex could be maintained in a much better fashion by ASI considering the historical significance and the massive size of the complex. It is also recommended to have some additional security staff considering the sprawling complex.
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