Bijai Mandal, built in 14th century, is an intriguing structure, situated close to the Begampiri Masjid
in the southern part of Delhi
. It was built by Muhammad bin Tughlaq
, the second ruler of the Tughlaq Dynasty
Reflecting the simplicity of style of the Tughlaqs, this oblong building has a number of rooms within it. There is an octagonal structure on top of these rooms, which is believed to have been served as a watchtower. This massive octagonal structure was built on a high platform in the Indo-Islamic architecture. It can be recognized by the octagonal shape that conforms to Islamic style and the false arches with the local influence. There is a door way at each cardinal point. This building is a part of the ancient palace. There are two big holes on the floor, which were the royal vaults or the treasury.
Bijai Mandal offers a clear view of the Begampiri Masjid and the historic and magnificent Qutab Minar.