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Abdul Rahim Khan-i-KhananTomb and its restoration
- His tomb is situated in Nizamuddin East on the Mathura road, near Humayun’s Tomb, in New Delhi.
- It was built by him for his wife in 1598, and his body was placed in it in 1627.
- In 1753-54, marble and sandstone from this tomb was used in the construction of Safdarjung’s Tomb, also in New Delhi.
- In 2014, InterGlobe Foundation and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) announced a project to conserve and restore Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s tomb.
About Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan(17 December 1556 – 1 October 1627)
- Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khanan popularly known as simply Rahim, was a poet who lived in India during the rule of Mughal emperor Akbar, who was his mentor, also.
- Abdul Rahim was the son of Bairam Khan, Akbar’s trusted guardian and mentor, who was of Turkic ancestry
- He was one of the nine important ministers (dewan) in his court, also known as the Navaratnas.
- Rahim is known for his Hindi dohe (couplets) and his books on astrology
- The village of Khan Khana, which is named after him, is located in the Nawanshahr district of the state of Punjab, India.
His major works
- Apart from writing various dohas, Rahim translated Babar’s memoirs, Baburnama from Chagatai language to Persian language, which was completed in 998 (1589–90) AD.
- He had an excellent command over the Sanskrit language.
- In Sanskrit, he wrote two books on astrology, Khetakautukam and Dwatrimshadyogaval