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The Exquisite Taramati Baradari and Premamati Mosque

Taramati Baradari is located in Mohammad Nagar near Golconda. This unique structure is a historical sarai of Hyderabad, located close to Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian style garden that was constructed during the reign of the Sultan of Golconda, Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. This is a square structure constructed over hilltop connected with series of steps. The square structure has twelve arches hence it is known as Baradari (Bara =12). The interior walls of the Baradari are decorated with the arches in the Qutb Shahi style. The Baradari was constructed on the banks of river Musi River.

The structure has steps on the north and eastern side. It is also believed that Taramati, a courtesan used to perform dances before the Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah and Sultan Mohammed Qutb Shah. The Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutub Shah, as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is believed to have named the sarai as Taramati Baradari. Taramati Baradari is a landmark construction of the Qutub Shahi era and is a popular tourist attraction where cultural events and shows are held during the evenings in the backdrop of special lighting system which illuminates the sarai in dark, offering a spectacular experience.

Premamati’s Mosque

The Premamati Mosque stands on a hillock overlooking the Taramati Baradari. The mosque was built around 1625 A.D. and it was attributed to a courtesan during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah and Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah. The mosque has a facade of five arches without any minarets. Bilgrami, in his book ‘Landmarks of the Deccan’, associated the Baradari and the mosque with both Taramati and Premamati.

Tombs of both the courtesans are seen near the Qutb Shahi Tombs (1662 A.D.). These monuments are located at distance of nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad city, are well accessible by road and well maintained by the Archaeology department of Telangana.

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