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"Ghaznin Gate" The Red Fort Tip by Willettsworld

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This gate originally belonged to the tomb of Mahmud Ghaznavi at Ghaznin. He died in 1030AD. It was brought from there by the British in 1842. It was claimed, in the historic proclamation of Lord Ellenborough, the Governor General, that these were the sandalwood gates of Somnath which Mahmud had taken to Ghaznin in 1025 and the British had thus avenged an insult of 800 years. This false claim was made just to win the goodwill of the Indian people. The gate is, in fact, made of local deodar wood of Ghaznin and not of sandlewood. The gate is 16.5 feet high and 13.5 feet wide and weighs about half a ton. It is made up of geometrical, hexagonal and octagonal panels which have been fixed into the frame without rivets.

Address: Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Directions: Take the road from the Delhi Gate

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  • Written May 20, 2007
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