Seeking 'fortune', Obama visits Humayun Tomb

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Nov 7: After attending reception by US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mughal emperor Humayun's Tomb in Delhi.

During the second day of his maiden India visit, Obama and wife reached in Delhi on Sunday, Nov 7. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gurushran Gaur welcomed them at Palam Air base.

Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, had reached world heritage site Humayun Tomb at 4:45 pm. He met underprivileged children at the tomb.

Humayun 'The Fortunate' was the eldest son of Babur the founder of the Mughal dynasty. Born in Kabul in 1508, Humayun lived a less remarkable life compared to his successors Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjehan.

Humayun tomb, which declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, was commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect.

The Humayun tomb complex houses of graves of Humayun, his wife Hamida Begum and some later Mughals. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.

Humayun was not that much fortunate as his name means. He had lost his kingdom to Sher Shah Suri and went into exile in Afghanistan for 15 years.

After getting a negative result in US mid-term election, Obama started his India visit. He is expecting more 'fortunes' to work closely with Republicans controlled House of representatives.

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