Raymond S Tomb, Hyderabad

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While the city of Hyderabad is adorned with many tombs of the Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis and the Paigah Nobles, there stands a tomb of Michel Joachim Marie Raymond, the French adventurer, military commander and Nizam's confidant. Michel Raymond was unlike the other European who succeeded in gaining the love, the respect and the admiration of the natives of the country. He carved a niche for himself, a respectable position that he was looked up as a Saint by Hindus who called him "Musa Ram" and Muslims "Musa Rahim".

The place is where his tomb lies is known as 'Raymond's Tomb' and is situated on the top of a hillock in Saroornagar in the eastern part of Hyderabad. The tomb is square-shaped at the bottom (about 2 feet) and then a conical like structure (about 10 feet) over it. There is an impressive stone pillar made of polished black granite about 23 feet high standing on a masonry platform. There is a simple "J.R" carved on this tomb that is about 180 feet long and 80 feet wide. About 25 feet away, there is a flat-roofed structure supported by 28 pillars. It resembles a Greek Temple with a mysterious grave besides it. The inscription on this grave tells us about one Anne Elizabeth Jenkins who died at the age of 21 years on November 26, 1809. But nothing is known of this lady and even the chronicles has no mention of her.

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