Todar Mals haveli to get facelift

JHThe Jahaaz Haveli of Diwan Todar Mal will be saved form further erosion before this monsoon. This was decided during a meeting of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Punjab Virasat Charitable Trust.

The meeting was held at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib wherein the technical experts dealing with the reconstruction work of the haveli and SGPC members participated.

Navjotpal Singh Randhawa, the founder member of the Punjab Virasat Charitable Trust, today handed over the papers of permission sought from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for repairing the haveli.

Randhawa while talking to the TNS said he was satisfied by the interest shown by the SGPC members in the haveli. He said now efforts should be made to complete the restoration work within a stipulated time. He said advice of experts from the archaeological department has been sought in the restoration work.

SGPC president A.S. Makkar thanked the Trust members for giving this valuable haveli to the SGPC without charging money.

The haveli is to be restored at a cost of around Rs 2.5 crores in next one-and-half years or so. The haveli was in a dilapidated condition for the past many years and it was recently donated to the SGPC by the Punjab Virasat Charitable Trust. The haveli was situated near Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

The historical haveli is believed to be 300 years old and was owned by Todar Mal, a wealthy merchant of Sirhind, who performed the cremation of two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar Singh (6) and Fateh Singh (9) and their grandmother, Mata Gujari. The wealthy merchant had to cover the required ground for cremation with gold coins to get the three bodies released.

Also see earlier story: Tunnel found in Jahaz Haveli

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