The two, outstanding, architectural features of the Purana Qila were built by Sher Shah Suri, after his defeat of Humayun in 1540. This is the first of these, the Sher Mandal. It is a two-storeyed, octagonal tower constructed from red sandstone. On the top of the tower, there is an octagonal chhatri, supported by eight pillars and decorated with white marble.
The story goes that, after Humayun regained power, upon the defeat of Sher Shah Suri's son, he decided to make the upper floor his library. It was a sad day for him, however, January 24, 1556, that, on hearing the evening call to prayer from the nearby mosque, ironically built by Sher Shah Suri, he misplaced his foot, and fell down the narrow steps, dying a day or two thereafter. (I shall upload some photos of his tomb, to the south of the Purana Qila, at a later day.) To avoid another accident, no doubt, the authorities do not permit visitors to view the second storey. To the left in this photograph, I believe the structure is called the Bhairava Mandir. It was not on my to-do list that day.
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