From the ancient to medieval times to the 21st century, the history of women in India has been truly eventful. We have already read about the Indian woman who first went to space or climbed the highest Everest. But do you know about women of India who built their legacies?
They are the one who constructed the Iconic monuments in India. Here is a list of Indian monuments built by women.
Itimad-ud-daulah by Empress Noor Jehan
Situated in Agra, Empress Noor Jehan built this marble tomb for her father Mir Ghayas Beg. It was built between 1622-1628 and looks like a jewel box in a garden. And you thought Agra is famous for Taj Mahal!
Humayun’s Tomb by Hamida Banu Begum
Built in 1565-72 by Hamida Banu Begum, also known as Haji Begum, Humayun’s Tomb shows a combination of Persian architecture and Indian motifs. Several Mughal dynasty rulers lie buried in the tomb.
Rani ki Vav by Udaymati
Situated in Patan, Gujarat, Rani ki Vav temple was built by Udaymati in 1063. The temple was built for her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014. Also, many regional films have been shot at the temple.
Khayr al Manazil by Maham Anga
Maham Anga was Akbar’s wet nurse. She got this mosque constructed in 1561. Scholars suggest that the mosque was also used as a madrasa and that the dalans were classrooms.
Virupaksha Temple by Lokamahadevi
Situated in Pattadakal and built in 740 AD, this temple was constructed by queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband, Vikramaditya II’s, victory over the Pallavas. The temple originally had 32 shrines within it.
Mirjan Fort by Queen Chennabhairadevi
Situated in Mirjan, Karnataka, this temple was built by Queen Chennabhairadevi of Gersoppa in the 16th century and till the day it commands the excellent view of the mountains.
Lal Darwaza Masjid by Rajye Bibi
Situated in Jaunpur, this monument was built in 1447 by Rajye Bibi- the queen of Sultan Mahmood Sharqi for a saint named Sayyid Ali Dawood Kutubbudin, Khayr al-Manazil, New Delhi.