Funerary Monuments in India


Gol Gumbad in BijapurFunerary Monuments are found all over the country. It includes graves and tombs, dargahs, memorial stones, chhatris, devals, megaliths, etc.

The best and the most famous funerary architecture in India is Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The Gol Gumbad in Bijapur, Karnataka, built in the seventeenth century has the largest dome in the world.

Akbar’s tomb at Sikandarabad, tomb of Etmad-ud-Daula in Agra, Sher Shah’s tomb in Sasaram, Bihar, and Humayun’s tomb in Delhi are some of the fine examples of tombs.

Memorial stones include hero-stones, barselas, menhirs, etc. Megaliths, meaning big stones, are of different types. These are found mainly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, parts of Maharashtra, Vindhya region of Madya Pradesh, some areas of Uttaranchal and Kashmir valley, Mizoram and Meghalaya. These have been dated differently in different regions.

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