History consigned to oblivion in Jalandhar


The ASI has written to the administration a number of times to construct the road, but to no avail.
Conservation work is on at the two historical tombs in Nakodar. One of them is tomb of tambura player Mohd Momin, who was also known as Ustad Muhammed Husseini, alias Hafizak. Square from inside and octagonal from outside, the hemispherical dome sits over a low cylindrical drum. Close to the tomb of Momin is the tomb of Haji Jamal, a pupil of Ustad Muhammed Husseini. Built in 1657 AD, the tomb stands in the middle of a square platform.

Nurmahal Sarai in Nurmahal is perhaps the only known monument in Jalandhar.Earlier encroached by the police and a school, the ASI has got the sarai vacated and started conservation work.The town and the sarai were named after Nurjahan, consort of Jahangir. The legend has it that she was brought up in this town. According to the inscription on the east and west gateways, the sarai was built by Nawab Zakariya Khan, governor of Doab, on the orders of Nurjahan in 1618 AD.

Another two ancient sites related to the Harappan culture and facing neglect — one at Nagar called Ghatti and other at Katpalon– were notified as the National Monuments in 1954 and 1968, respectively. Restoration work is on at Mughal Bridge Dakhni, notified as a national monument in 1923. Located to the south of Malian Kalan village on Nakodar-Kapurthala Road, this is one of the extant Mughal bridges built during the reign of Shahjahan.

KPS Badoria, Superintending Archaeologist in Chandigarh, said funds were not a problem for the conservation work, as they come from the Centre. When asked why such monuments were not being exploited as tourism places, he said it was the work of the Tourism Department to publicise them.

He rued that they had time and again written to the government for constructing an approach road to Dakhni Sarai, but got no response. He added that they regularly organise exhibitions to make public aware of such monuments.

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