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The story behind Hyderabad’s ‘Ghode Ki Khabar’

Published: 10th Oct 2021 8:31 pm

Hyderabad: Hyderabad has tombs, monuments for the departed high and mighty, and then, graves for horses too.

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Drive down from Mangalhat on the Aghapura road in the old city, and you will come across the statue of a horse abutting the Kausar Bakht Takiya graveyard. The spot is popularly known as ‘Ghode Ki Khabar’ – the grave of a horse.

One more such grave is found in a lane at Mochi Colony in Tadban, which however has been damaged over time.

At Ghode Ki Khabar, the statue is of a horse lying down and looking ahead, with some people the horse buried at the spot was saintly, while there is a more popular legend that says a saint who lived there had a horse as a pet, and when it died, the local people gave it a decent burial outside the graveyard.

“Usually, animals are not buried in graveyards where human beings are laid to rest. But as the horse belonged to a saint, it was buried right outside the graveyard,” says Mateen Shareef, who runs a mechanic shop near the graveyard.

The legend has been around for over 150 years, locals say, with the people organizing annual celebrations at the place where a ‘Nishan e- Mubarak’ (religious flag) is replaced.

“A food camp for poor people is also organized at the place every year during the annual celebrations,” informs Niyazuddin, who runs a marfa band shop near the spot.

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