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