: Narnaul, Haryana
Also Known As
: Sign Board Of Narnaul
: Jamal Khan.
The Chor gumbad is affectionately called the `signboard' of the town. Standing majestically and isolated upon a rock in the north of the town, this gumbad is a well pplaned square building with a large chamber within and four minarets outside at each corner. Constructed by the Afghan Jamal Khan (as his tomb) during the reign of Feroze Shah Tughlaq, it became a hideout for robber and thieves, thus earning its name (chor means thief).
Giving a double-storeyed appearance from outside, the tomb actually has single storey with the second level obtained by providing an open verandah running around. Though the time of its construction is not known, the wide low dome and arches and some other features of architecture, place it in point of time with the tomb of Shah Nizam and old parts of the adjoining Madarsa built in 1357 AD in the Tughluq style.
The complex is also known as 'Bhul-Bhuhaiyan', (a maze) as the passage running in the thickness of the walls is likely to baffle the visitor, with its twists and turns.