Palace of Zebunnissa
Aurangabad, British Raj, 1880
Photograph by Deen Dayal
Photograph of a palace in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, Curzon Collection: ‘Views of HH the Nizam’s Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892’. Aurangabad is situated on the Khan river in the Dudhana valley between the Lakenvara Hills to the north and the Sathara range to the south. Originally known as Khadke, Aurangabad city was founded in the early 17th century by Malik Amber, minister of the Nizam Shah Kings of Ahmadnagar. However, in 1637 the city was incorporated in the Mughal empire. In 1681-2 the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707) moved his court to Aurangabad and used it as the base for his military campaigns in the Deccan. After Aurangzeb’s death in 1707 the city was renamed in his honour. The building is this view is the Palace of Zeb-un-Nissa, daughter of Aurangzeb.
Learn more about Zebunnissa and read some of her poetry here.