Rauza, Rouza, Roza (Urdu:روضة) is a Perso-Arabic term used in Middle East and Indian subcontinent which means shrine or tomb.[1][2][3] It is also known as mazār, maqbara or dargah.[4]

The word rauza is derived in Urdu through Persian from the Arabic rauda meaning garden, but extended to tomb surrounded by garden as at Agra and Aurangabad.[5] Abdul Hamid Lahauri, the author of the Badshahnama, the official history of Shah Jahan's reign, calls Taj Mahal rauza-i munawwara, meaning the illumined or illustrious tomb in a garden.[2]


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