5:08 pm - Thursday January 18, 2018

Itibari Khan’s Mosque, Agra

This small three-arched mosque surmounted by a dome, measures 13 x 10 feet. A Persian inscription carved in relief on three panels above the arches recorded that Itibari Khan, who had a noble status by the grace of King Jahangir, built this mosque for Khwajah Kafur on the road (from Agra to Delhi) in Hijri 1015/1605 A.D. Itibar Khan Khawajasara was an important noble and Nazir (Superintendent) of Jahangir’s Harem. He was extremely loyal, true to the title “Itibar’, and Jahangir reposed total faith in him. Itibari Khan was Governor of Agra in 1622 A.D. with charge of the defence of the fort and the treasury. In A.D. 1623 when the rebel prince Shah Jahan tried to take Agra, Itibar Khan successfully defended it against him. He was given the new title of ‘Mumtaz Khan’ and Mansab of 6000 Zat and 500 Sawar. He died in the same year. It seems that Khwajah Kafur was a Sufi saint and Itibar Khan built this mosque for him and also a few living rooms and a well.

Filed in: Agra, Ticketed Monuments