Tomb of Razia Sultan, New Delhi

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  • Razia, also spelt Raziya was daughter of Sultan Iltutmish of the Delhi Sultanate. her father had willed that she should succeed him but nobles put her brother on the throne instead. In 1236 she was cr...  more »
  • Razia Sultan was one of the ruler in Delhi, who ruled between 1236 -1240 AD. She died fighting against her own brother, who got the throne after her death. To reach the tomb of Razia Sultan, you need ...  more »
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  • Tomb of Razia Sultan , Ruler of Delhi From 1236 to 1240 A.D. Tomb is Located in Mohalla BulBuli khana, Bazaar Chitli Qabar , Turkman Gate . Have you been there ? . Who was Razia ? *Razia Sultan, a brave sultan belonged to slave dynasty and was the first women to rule India and only women to occupy the throne of Delhi. She succeeded her father Shams-ud-din Iltutmish to the Sultanate of Delhi in 1236. She was talented, wise, brave, excellent administrator, and a great warrior that attracted her father which resulted that she became the next sultan of Slave dynasty. Though her reign was just for three years, her bravery, her struggle and her undaunted spirit has been preserved in the treasures of history. Razia Sultan’s Tomb in Delhi is one of those places, which relives the unthwarted spirit of the brave woman who ruled Delhi once and for all.
  • Razia Sultan, the only woman ruler of Delhi, probably India, lies among one of the streets of old Delhi, surrounded by the construction of unauthorized buildings and no roof over its head. Ironically, that is the tribute we all have offered for the sacrifices and the greatness of the first women ruler in the complete history of Delhi. Razia Sultan, originally named as Jalalat-ud-din Razia, being the daughter of Iltutmish, was one of the rulers of Slave dynasty. Struggling through the freedom and the status, the woman was provided with in that era; Razia Sultan can be seen as a shining stone overcoming the shortcomings of being a woman. Showing her disinterest towards the casual customs and the way of life attached to the female counterpart, Razia Sultan could always be seen as keeping her foot forward and learning the state of affairs and assisting her father during his reigns. One may see no difficulty now, as to why she preferred using the title of ‘Sultan’ rather than ‘Sultana’! Razia Sultan’s story can very well be imagined and understood with regards to the present day scenario, difference being that 21st century status is just a little more sophisticated and well manipulated. Razia Sultan was supposed to ascend the Throne of Delhi Sultanate upon the demise of her father, yet this decision was greatly resented by the existent nobility, not because Razia was an inefficient ruler but she was a female. Being ruled by a princess was against and disrespectful of their inner sentiments. As a result, Ruk-ud-din Feroze Shah, brother of Razia was welcomed with a great show of hands. But being a ruler of Delhi was not Ruk-us-din Feroze Shah’s cup of tea. It was just a span of six months which could provide luxury and fame to this ruler. Soon, Ruk-us-din Feroze Shah and his mother, Shah Turkaan was assassinated due to his love for personal pleasures and his ignorance for the people of his court and Delhi. Fortunately, this handed the throne of Delhi Sultanante into the hands of Razia Sultan. As expected, Razia proved to be among the most notable and powerful rulers of the Delhi Sultanate. Be it her nobles or the courtiers, she kept a close watch on each and everything existent in order to rule in as a perfect manner as possible. How Razia died has been a matter of mystery since time immemorial. One story suggest the end of her life by the hands of her childhood friend, Malik Altunia while another suggests her demise at the hands of her brother, Muiz-us-din-Bahram Shah who later became the new ruler of Delhi Sultanate. These are just 2 among the many stories unfolding the mystery behind her death. Such is the fate of the only women ruler of India, that where the actual soul of Razia Sultan lies is still unknown. According to the sources, her original grave may be existent in any or all of these three places; Delhi, Haryana or Rajasthan. After a little conversation with the locals residing in one of the house next to the grave of Razia Sultan in Delhi, one could just learn that Razia Sultan lies along with her sister Sajia, with small graves being of her children
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