Something inside me was resisting an itinerary that included a lot of tombs in Sonargaon, for how morbid could one be if we dwell on death when there are enough on war, poverty and heartbreak all around us.
But little did I know. Tomb architecture is indeed a valid subset of topic all over
These structures have been classified according to the perceived date of construction: Sultanate (pre-Mughal), Mughal, and colonial.
The qubba or the domed cubic monument is the oldest and most common type of tomb in
I asked Mafuz to write down the names of these places because, as heaven is my witness, these tombs were either unmarked or have Bengali characters. He wrote this down: Panch Pir Dargah (Five Muslim Heroes Mausoleum), and for completion, he enumerated their names: Sultan Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah, Sultan Shamsuddin Azam Shah, Sultan Iliasuddin Azam Shah, Sultan Kalu and Sultan Gazi. These were the grave owners, according to him.
I have heard of Sultan Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah. He was quite popular as a sultan, the 3rdsultan from the 1st Ilias Shahi Dynasty of
Sultan Ghiyasuddin supposedly died in 1402, as the inscription writes, although some literatures mention 1410. The same inscription (see photo below) mentions 1410 as the date when this tomb was built. And if he indeed died in 1402, then there is an 8-year discrepancy between the death and the building of the tomb. Could a powerful, influential ruler wait that long for a proper resting abode?
This is the Eye in the Sky!
Sultan Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah, as this inscription mentions, died in 1402, but his tomb was built in 1410.