Located in a bustling area in Junagadh, Mahabat Maqbara has a way disarming people who aren’t ready for the view. The maqbara is built in Islamic, Indian and European styles, which end up giving it an almost otherworldly charm.
Construction of the building began in 1878, and it was completed by 1892. There are various influences in the architecture; there are Islamic minarets, French-style windows, Colonial spiral staircases, Indian style carvings, arches and shining silver doorways.
The mixture of these styles has managed to give the Mahabat Maqbara a very Gothic look. The complex once housed Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh and now houses his maqbara as well as that of his wazir, Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai.
At the time of partition, Mahabat Khan III decided to join Pakistan despite having no common boundary with the new country. Pressurized by the Indian government, he fled to Pakistan. Jungadh reunited with India just months after it had declared its independence.
A lot of tension and disharmony has taken place in the region but the Mahabat Maqbara has stood the test of time. Its many varying styles perhaps highlighting the peaceful and beautiful coexistence of differences.