“Dadi-poti kay makbarey (The tombs of grandmother and grand daughter)”, New Delhi by K.J.S.Chatrath

This photo article is about the tombs of amuslim grand mother and grand daughter in New Delhi. These are located just off the Shri Aurobindo Marg, next to the Aurobindo Market.



There is good and adequate signage. The lush green lawn being maintained around the structures looks pleasant. Yes, one must compliment the Archeological Survey of India and the Delhi Administration which have so spruced up the area that one is tempted to go and explore it. The A.S.I have also put up nice descriptive board explaining briefly whatever little is known about ‘Dadi Poti kay makberay’.


The tombs of Dadi (left) and Poti (right).

The term Dadi-Poti’s tombs (grand mother-grand daughter) used for the two tombs located side by side, was perhaps coined because one tomb is bigger than the other. It is not known who are buried there.

dadi-poti-may-23-2012-009-420Dadi’s makbera

The bigger tomb measures 15.86 metres X15.86 metres, and dates back to the Lodi period.

dadi-poti-may-23-2012-001-420A side view.

dadi-poti-may-23-2012-018-420A view from the interior.

dadi-poti-may-23-2012-027-420An interesting placement of the earches, near each other but in different directions.


A number of people appear to have been buried here. But who were they? One does not know.


The smalller building (poti) above, has sloping walls and a distinctive lantern on the dome. It measures 11.8 metres by 11.8 metres and dates back to the Tughlaq period (1321-1414)


The ornately decorated northern facade is unusual because the main entrance to tombs is usually from the south.


Do take a walk in the past and stroll through the Dadi-Poti kay makbarey whenever you are in delhi and can snatch some time.

  Photographs  and text by K.J.S.Chatrath. Text based on infromation from the A.S.I.

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