Budshah Tomb (Badshah Tomb)

Budshah Tomb, also spelled as Badshah Tomb, is the final resting place of the mother of Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin [1420 AD to 1470 AD]. Sultan Zain-Ul-Abidin was popularly and respectfully referred to as the ‘Badshah’ by his people, during his reign and lifetime in Kashmir, spanning over 50 years of the late 15th Century AD, famed to be one of the most peaceful and successful existence.

The Budshah Tomb is an excellent representation of a typical Shahmiri style of architectural brilliance yet to be seen elsewhere in India. The monument or memorial site is seen on the right riverbanks of the River Jhelum, situated quite close to Zaina Kadal in Jammu.

Budshah Tomb is hence considered as the only one of its kind in and around Kashmir when compared to the other Edifices and Tombs of the ancient era. As opposed to a typical wooden structure of the Shahmiri period in Kashmir, this Tomb was in fact laid down with bricks and hence is a brick structure antonymous to the traditional wooden Shahmiri architecture.

During the mid 14th Century, the Muslim dynasty kick started with the arrival of Shah Mir who migrated from Central Asia to India. He was instrumental in establishing this dynasty followed by several successors including Sultan Sikandar.

After the demise of Shah Mir, his heir, Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin [1421 AD – 1474 AD], who was known to be an exceptionally peaceful ruler, was deservingly conferred the surname title of ‘Budshah’ or ‘The Great King’. He was known for being spiritually enlightened and highly reputed for the restructuring of the architecture of Kashmir. The Tomb of Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin is quietly placed in the vicinity of Zaina Kadal in Srinagar of Kashmir.

Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin devotedly had the Tomb of his mother, known to all as the Budshah Tomb, erected near the Jhelum water body due to traditional Muslim beliefs and per traditional ceremonies, rites and rituals.

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