Sheikh Chilli's (Or Chehali's) Tomb


This beautiful tomb and the madrasa (school) are associated with the Sufi Saint Abdu'r-Rahim alias Aabd-ul-Razak, popularly known as Shaikh Chehli (also pronounced Chilli) believed to be the spiritual teacher of the Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shahjahan. The tomb, overlooking the madrasa and standing on an artificial terrace, is octagonal in shape with the entrance in the South. It is built of buff sandstone and is crowned with a pear-shaped dome of white marble standing on a high circular drum. The cenotaph of the saint occupies the centre of the chamber, while his grave is located in the lower chamber, which conjoins the madarasa through a narrow gallery. The madrasa has nine-arched openings on each side of a central courtyard that has in the centre a stone masonry tank. The antiquities recovered from the excavations at ‘Harsh ka Tilla’ and ‘Bhagwanpura’ (both fall in the district of Kurukshetra) are displayed in two small museums of the madrasa building.