The Deccan region, particularly the city of Hyderabad and the surrounding region is known for the great legacy of Qutb Shahi rule, that has left a lasting impact in the form of landmark structures, monuments and other heritage attractions. These structures are quite impressive to this day, attracting heritage explorers from all over.
One such magnificent structure is that of the Hayath Bakshi Begum, located in Hayathnagar locality of Ranga Reddy district in Telangana. Hayath Bakshi Begum, mother of Abdullah Quli Qutb Shah VI, was popularly known as Ma Saheba (Revered Mother). She was the only daughter of the fourth king Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad and she was married to his nephew Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah who became the fifth king. She played a very prominent political role during the reign of all the three Qutb Shahi rulers. She passed away in the year 1666 AD at the age of 76.
Hayathnagar locality has therefore, been named as Hayat Bakshi Begum, who lived in this region centuries ago. This place is located on the historic and strategic trade route from Surat to Masulipatnam. Here a fairly large Mosque with facade of five arches was constructed on a raised platform. This Mosque is also known as Hayatnagar “Grand Mosque”.
The complex features an extensive Sarai (guest houses for travellers) consisting of 134 rooms that was constructed in the vast courtyard occupying an area of nearly 5 acres. In this complex, there is also a historic well, known as “Hathi Bowli”.
With the efforts of the Department of Heritage Telangana, the mosque has been gaining prominence once again, attracting visitors from all over. The imposing mosque, based on Qutub Shahi architecture, on a raised platform, which overlooks 133 rooms on either side, is a unique structure. The centuries-old Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque has been restored to its glory.
How to Reach
Hayathnagar is located nearly 16 km from the capital city of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road through the Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway via LB Nagar.