Hyderabad: The mortal remains of Mukarram Jah Bahadur, the titular eight Nizam of Hyderabad, was laid to rest at the historic 17th century Makkah Masjid on Wednesday evening. Maulana Hafiz Qari Qureshi, the Khateeb of the mosque, led the Namaz-e-Janaza (funerary prayers) after the Asar namaz (post which the body was buried).
Mukarram Jah’s body was brought from Khilwat in the Chowmahalla palace to the Makkah Masjid around 430 p.m.. Thousands from the city poured into the palace from 8 a.m. on Wednesday to pay their last respects to the 89-year-old, who had passed away in Turkey on January 14. His body was also wrapped in the
A band from the Telangana police headed the procession, as the Telangana government also announced a state funeral for Mukarram Jah as a mark of respect. After the Asar prayers, his mortal remains will be given a guard of honour.
The funeral procession for Mukarram Jah from Khilwat to Makkah Masjid witnessed many from the general public taking turns to carry his bier. Thousands of people have also gathered to for the (final) Namaz-e-Janaza and also to attend the funeral procession. Crowds started swelling from around 4 p.m. at the Makkah Masjid for the same. In fact, some of the devotees and attendees of the funeral came early and sat in the first few lines inside the mosque much earlier itself.
Earlier in the morning, thousands continued to drop in at the Chowmahalla palace to have a last glimpse of Mukarram Jah Bahadur. While it was only supposed to be allowed till 1 p.m., due to the huge rush, it was allowed till 2 p.m. The funerary prayers will be held after the Asar prayers around 5 p.m. Family members of Mukarram Jah were present, along with a large numbers of his relatives and members of the HEH The Nizam and other trusts.
The Telangana government has also already announced that the funeral will be conducted with full police honours. The trust is making arrangements in coordination with the departments concerned.
Mukarram Jah, the grandson of the last Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, passed away in Istanbul on January 13 at 10:30 pm. (IST). He was 89 years old.
Born to Prince Azam Jah and Princess Durru Shehvar, the imperial princess of the Ottoman Empire, on October 6, 1933 in France, Mukarram Jah was coronated as Asaf Jah the Eighth on April 6, 1967, after the passing away of Mir Osman Ali Khan in February 1967. About a million people are believed to have attended the funeral procession of Osman Ali Khan when he died.
CM paid floral tribute
A day earlier, chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) paid floral tributes to the mortal remains of the last Nizam at Chowmahalla Palace. He consoled Mukarram Jah’s former wife Princess Esra and his children and other family members.
Ministers Mahmood Ali, Vemula Prashant Reddy, MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar, MLAs Balka Suman, A. Jeevan Reddy, Telangana Sports Authority Chairman E.A Anjaneya Goud, former Waqf Board Chairman Mohammad Salim, Advisor to Government, Minority Affairs A. K. Khan and others were present.