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The Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

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Baradari

A baradari is,"literally "12 doors," a pavilion, a large summer-house1."

A baradari is located on the garden's East wall, just North of the Nila Gumbad, overlooking what would have been the Yamuna River when the garden was built.

"Baradari" is also a term used to describe a Mughal, "pillared pavilion.2"


1. C.M. Villiers Stuart, Gardens Of The Great Mughals, (London: 1913) 285.

2. Catherine Asher. The Architecture of Mughal India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992) xxv.

Illustrations

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The Baradari's Floor Plan
The Baradari's Floor Plan and Eastern Elevation
The Baradari as it Would Look at Night
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Further Reading

  • Adelvand, Padideh, "The Aesthetics of Garden's Concept in Miniature and Gardening of India (With Emphasis on the Mughal Era)" journal of Art and Civilization of the Orient (JACO), 2014: 48-55.
  • Ladies Celebrating Diwali at the Cleveland Museum of Art is an image that illustrates a riverside pavilion during Diwali.

  • A painting of a night scene at a Mughal riverside pavilion brings Humayun's Garden Tomb's old, weathered Baradari to life, with the floral kangura ornamentation glowing under the Diwali candles, the sparkling precious items displayed in the chini khana, and the illuminating fireworks surrounding the members of the Mughal nobillity.

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