Punjab

Give Nakodar Tombs a facelift: Residents

Dilbag singh | June 11, 2019 11:43 AM

 NAKODAR: Residents of Nakodar have urged Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to take steps for restoring frescoes decorating the historic tombs here. While some of these frescoes have faded with time, some paintings have also disappeared.

Nakodar is famous for two historic tombs, which are among the 30 listed monuments and archaeological sited in Punjab. The ASI is looking after these ancient tombs of Mohammad Momin and his pupil Haji Jamal.

Built in 1623, the tomb was erected over the mortal remains of Ustad Mohammad Momin, a tambura player in the court of Akbar. The tomb is square in shape from inside and octagonal on the outside. The structure is decorated with titles and red plaster bricks with intricate designs.

Opposite to Mohammad Momin’s tomb is the tomb of Haji Jamal who was a pupil of Momin.

The Tomb was constructed in 1657 and unlike the first tomb; it has an octagonal chamber inside and is square- shaped from inside.

It is said that the tombs were part of the once famous Mughal Garden of the town that has virtually disappeared.

The Dakhni Gate, which served as an entrance to Mughal garden is also in bad shape and its condition is deteriorating with each passing day. A garden is being maintained in this ancient tomb complex by the Nakodar sub-circle of the ASI, ASI experts say if the rest of the Mughal Garden is handed over to them, they can start with proper restoration work.

It is said that the tombs were part of the once famous Mughal Garden of the town that has virtually disappeared.

While appreciating the conservation work carried out by the ASI, locals demanded that frescoes decorating the historic tombs should also be restored. They also demanded the encroachments in Mughal Garden should be removed to revive its old glory.

ASI’s Nakodar sub-office in-charge Bhanu Partap Singh said the restoration of frescoes is a specialized work and only director (science) ASI is competent authority to take a decision.

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