A trip to Bara Gumbad Masjid of Delhi is a must if you are a history lover. Situated in the midst of beautiful Lodi Gardens of Delhi, is Bara Gumbad Masjid. This monument was built in 1490 A.D. during the reign of Sikandar Lodi.
Lodi Gardens, situated near Khan Market on Lodi Road, are famous among local who come down here to take a morning or evening walk.
Lodi garden has many monuments in its vicinity like: Bara Gumbad, Sheesh Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi's tomb and tomb of Muhamad Shah.
Friday mosque is located on the western side of a 3-meter high platform, the guesthouse is on the opposite side while the Bara Gumbad is situated on the southern side.
Bara Gumabad or Big Dome is a 27 metre high and two storeyed structure. It is situated just near the Friday mosque of Sikander Lodi, Sheesh Gumbad and a Mehmaan khaana (guesthouse). Beautiful and lush green grass lawns surround the monument.
Bara Gumbad consists of a large rubble-construct dome. It has a rectangular hall with five archways. Grey quartzite, red sandstone and mix of red, grey and black stone is used to built the structure. However the interior of Bara is plain and stone finished.
The surrounding gardens of Bara Gumbad are famous picnic spots as well, where you can come close to nature. Lush green garden, trees, birds chirping and age old monuments, all adds up to a unique experience for travelers on a tour of Bara Gumbad Masjid, Delhi.
Inscription on the stone outside Bara Gumbad reads:
"During the Lodi period (1451-1526), tombs were raised in two styles: Square and Octagonal. The Bara Gumbad and the Shish Gumbad to its north are examples of the square type while the other two tombs in the Lodi garden represent the Octagonal Type.
Adjoining the Bara Gumbad is a mosque, which has led some scholars to summaries that the structure was raised as a gateway of the mosque. The Bara Gumbad is however nothing but a tomb with certain unique features. The mosque was no doubt erected as an adjacent to the tomb and finally in front of the mosque was raised a Mehman Khaana (Guest House) for pilgrims.
Like the Shish Gumbad, the Bara Gumbad also has a semblance of being double storeyed. It combines span of both arches and brackets and lintel beam, is decorated with stucco and painted ornamentation and is faced in selected places with red stone to relieve the monotony of the grey surface addition. Black stone is also used here.
The name of the personage who was buried in the Bara Gumbad but whose grave no longer exists is not known. But he must have occupied an important position during Sikander Lodi's reign".
History lovers must pay a visit to Bara Gumbad of Lodhi Garden Delhi that tells you the story, style of Lodi dynasty. While traveling to Bara Gumbad you will relieve the time when Afghan ruled over Delhi sultanate.