Another place worth visiting if you are visiting Chowmohalla Palace……

Taramati Baradari was a sarai (a caravan station for traders and travelers) as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian styled garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the second Sultan of Golconda of Golconda. The Baradari was constructed on the banks of the Musi river. Today, the region comes under the city limits of Hyderabad, India. According to contemporary folklore, the tourism department attributes the name to the reign of the Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutb Shah who as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is said to have christened the sarai as Taramati Baradari.

The tourism department promotes the location by romantic stories linking the then Sultan with a courtesan by the name Taramati. One such story goes on to state that during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah, he used to hear Taramati’s voice as she sung for travellers at the serai, while he sat two kilometers away at Golconda fort. Her melodious voice would be carried by the breeze, reaching the prince’s ear at the fort, because of the acoustics model in the structure as well as that of the Golconda fort.. There is no recorded report of the same though. The baradari with 12 doorways were to allow cross ventilation, considered to be the most ingenious technique at the time.

Taramati is said to have seen her heydays as a royal mistress during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah and the last King of Golconda, Abul Hasan Tana Shah, roughly from 1626 to 1687.

Another fable tells of two ravishing dancing girls, Taramati and Premamati, sisters who danced on ropes tied between their pavilion and the balcony of the king and patron, Abdulla Qutub Shah. About half a mile north of the fort itself lies his grave amid a cluster of carved royal tombs. Here lie buried the Qutub Shahi kings and queens in what once their rose gardens.

As a tribute to Taramati and Premamati, they both were buried in the royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings.

For more beautiful pictures of the place, visit the page – http://www.hyderabadplanet.com/taramati-baradari-photos.html. The pictures are copy righted.

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