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Tomb of Itibar Khan at Agra is one of the lesser known monuments in the city.

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Tomb of Itibar Khan

Itibar Khan Khwajasara was a noble of Bahadur Khan, who later joined the services of Akbar and was appointed the superintendent of Jehangir's Harem. The loyal officer refused to give in to the rebel prince Shah Jehan, when he tried to capture Agra in 1623. Thus, Jehangir awarded him the title of Mumtaz Khan. He died the same year and was buried in the tomb built by himself sometime between 1610-1623 in the outskirts of Agra. The simple and graceful building was once a part of the large complex of Guru-ka-Tal with a mosque and sarai, in which the main tomb building was centrally situated in the charbagh.

However, railway track and two roads have altered the plan of the site completely and only the mosque has survived to this day. Itibar Khan's tomb is popularly known as Barah-Khambha (Twelve pillars). It was so called due to the presence of external twelve pillars on the upper pavilion. It is surrounded by tibara-dalan on all sides with three deep arches on each side. A gallery from the main entrance leads one to the central square mortuary hall. The main construction materials used here were rubble and plaster.



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