Friday, March 28, 2014

Islam Shah Sur (r. 1545–1554)

Salimgarh fort

It was built by Salim Shah Sur in 1546 AD.It is located to the north of the Red Fort and is connected with a bridge in the fortress of Salimgarh. After the death of Salim Shah in 1552, Salimgarh remained neglected for a long time and then passed through good and bad days. During the reign of Aurangzeb (1658-1707) Salimgarh served as a state prison. Prince Murad Baksh and Prince Sulaiman Shikoh spent parts of their incarceration here. During 1857, Salimgarh was one of the strongest bulwarks of the national forces under the command of General Bakht Khan against the British. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan surmised that at the time when Salim Shah Sur built Salimgarh, the river Jamuna flowed by it and there was no water on the south side. Thus the southern gateway provided the main entrance. There was another gateway on the northern side. During the course of time, the southern bank was washed off and water surrounded the fortress of Salimgadh on all sides.

Salimgarh fort walls