About Chanderi

Qurbaani Chabootra,ChanderiLocated 2 kilometres southwest of the main town, the Qurbaani Chabootra is a large stone platform which is said to have been built as a declaration podium by the Khilji sultans. Around 120 ft long and 96 ft wide, the platform is made up of cream coloured sandstone. A large staircase has been built on the southern side to enable climbing up to the top of the platform where the mazaars of two Muslim saints have also been built.

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Tomb of Hazrat Kamal Shah,ChanderiHazrat Kamal Shah was a Sufi saint who preached in Chanderi and is said to have had mystical powers. He passed away on the 10th of January, 1416, following which this tomb was built. Situated near the Hauz Khas, it is still frequented by his devotees.

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Qazion Ki Bawdi,ChanderiSituated near the Purana Madarsa, this bawdi or stepwell was built in 1485 by Qazi-ibn-Mehran under orders from the then ruler of Chanderi, Sher Khan Ghazi. The well is circular and two staircases descend to the well from opposite sides. There are two arched entrance bays and these are flanked by two inscriptions. The inscriptions inform us that four constructions were carried out during the reign of Sher Khan Ghazi.

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Battisi Bawdi,ChanderiThis stepwell is located to the north-west of the city and is the largest of all stepwells in Chanderi. It is square in shape, each side being 60 ft in length and 4 storeys deep. Steps descend from one storey down to the next and at each storey there are eight ghats. The number of ghats total to 32 which has given this Bawdi its name. The main stairs are on the southern end which proceed through two doorways. Beside the stairs are two inscriptions in Arabic and Persian, written in the Nask script.

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Hauz Khas,ChanderiLocated to the north-west of the city, near the Maula Ali hill, the Hauz Khas is one of the largest ponds of Chanderi. Its inscription is no longer in place here but is displayed in the Gujri Mahal Museum in Gwalior. The inscription states that the Hauz-e-Khas was built by one Subnam in the reign Mahmud Khilji I and it was completed in the year 1467 AD.

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