The Tomb of Iltutmish

The Tomb of Iltutmish

The  Tomb of Iltutmish is one of the major attractions within the confines of the Qutb complex in New Delhi. Shams-ud-din Iltutmish was the third ruler of the Mamluk dynasty of Delhi. He was a slave of Qutb-ud-din Aibak and later became his son-in-law and close lieutenant. He was the Governor of Badaun when he deposed Qutb-ud-din’s successor Aram Shah and acceded to the throne of the Delhi Sultanate in 1211. The central chamber of the tomb is nine square meters in area and suggests the existence of a dome, which may since have collapsed. The main cenotaph, in white marble, is placed on a raised platform in the centre of the chamber. The facade is decorated with ornate carvings, both at the entrance as well as the interior...