Saidanima’s tomb

Saidani Ma Tomb, also spelt Saidani Maa Tomb, is a tomb located near Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India.

The tomb of Saidanima was built for his mother by Sardar Abdul Haq, who also bore the title Diler Jang (1853–1896). He was originally from the Bombay Province (run by the British crown) and rose to prominence in the erstwhile state of Hyderabad, in the late nineteenth century. Jang became the princely state’s home secretary and then changed course to become the director of the Nizam’s State Railways in 1885.

It is somewhat in isolation from most historical monuments and is a landmark monument which often goes unnoticed unless one stops for a few seconds and notices his/her surroundings.

The structure’s onion-shaped dome placed over an octagonal base marks the tomb, points out Sibgatullah Khan, an architecture student from the city who runs Deccan Archive. He pointed out that panels of geometric cut plaster stand between the lobed arches, which rest on double baluster columns. The upper chamber of the monument has arches which are clearly drawn from the Qutb Shahi era, whereas the ground floor arches appear to be of Mughal inspiration. 

One of state protected monuments in Telangana

The Saidanima Tomb is one of the state protected monuments in Telangana. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Telangana has identified 500 state protected monuments.

Following is the list of some state protected monuments located in Hyderabad Makkah Masjid
Badshahi Ashurkhana
Old Gate of Dabirpura
Mushirabad Mosque
Toli Masjid
Khazana Building
Qutb Shahi Tombs
Tara Mati’s Baradari
Prema Mati’s Mosque
Akkanna’s Sarai
Shaikpet mosque and sarai
Hakim’s Tomb
Paigah Tombs
Dargah Hazratha Saidani-Ma-Saheba

March 28, 2021 : A historical well, claimed to be built in the Nizam era, on the premises of Saidanima tomb in the Tank Bund area has been in a dilapidated state for a long time now. Fortunately, the State government is planning to take up its restoration. The well once used to supply drinking water, but is now just a dumping ground, said Twitter user Syed Meraj Nawab, on a post tagging MAUD principal secretary Arvind Kumar. Kumar responded to the tweet, saying, “We will take it up.” The State government had recently embarked upon large-scale restoration of stepwells and historical wells in Telangana.

May 19, 2023: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), Telangana Department of Heritage, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to restore Saidanima Tomb, Badshahi Asoorkhana, and Sheikhpet Sarai.