Thursday, September 22, 2011

Heritage Walk to the Lodhi Garden

We went to the second INTACH organised Heritage walks this sunday to the Lodhi Gardens.As the name suggests it is  apark whihc has 3-4 monuments/tombs from the lodhi period and the Sayyid period, ie before the Mughals came to india.One good this was that these walks are paying off .I am really noticing many things which i never noticed before.Couldnot take any photos and so i am crippled in a way.Still am uploading some of the photos we took.Being a place where the british ladies took walks it was well maintained and still is.So here we go.This time our Guide was Ms Jaya Basera.Really liked the way she guided the tour.

They are going to be random photos as i really am not sure as to which monument they belong exactly as its almost a week since i saw them.But i can tell you a few things which Ms Jaya told us so that you can look out for these things in any Islamic Monuments that you go to see.

The Athpula Bridge is actuully the second last place we visited. Its named so because it has 8 puls( bridge).The yamuna used to flow here but rt now no one knows how are where it used to flow.If i understood correctly this was an atifically made park.It is known fits migratory birds which come during the winters.

This is the first tomb we visited.It belonged to the Sayyed period.It was a solid structure and pretty impressive to look at.It is an octagonal shaped structure and the corner pillars are made with a small inclination to the outside so as to give the structure a massive look from a distance.
This is a mosque complex which had a courtayard in front of it.Though normally the kings in that time were buried under closed tombs, this particular person was not.It has ornately decorated arches.The decorations were carved in plaster as it is difficult to do so in that hard stone.

As i explained in the last paragraph , the kings were buried under closed domes. Apparently the Muslims are to be buried under the open sky so that they may still receive the blessing of Allah in the form of mist and dew(which was a fact unknown to me).But the kings didn't want to do away with the dome so these star like lines were drawn so as to emulate the stars or rather the heaven above.If we were to twist the words of the religion we would be admonished but of course kings are above rules ;)

This ventilator has a purpose other than passing through fresh air.This was also the indication of the direction of mecca so that visitors may know which direction they were supposed to turn to while praying for the deceased.Normally all Islamic monuments have some kind of an indication.

Civil Engineers may recognize the beam column system and many may recognize the ornamentation at the join of the beam and column- two things adopted from the Hindu architecture.A common feature of the column heads beings statues of lions and elephants were modified suitable to Islamic culture by removing the life giving attributes like eyes and trunk and retaining the form of the structure.Something like an amalgamation.

The decorations and carvings in plaster which were present in one wall of the mosque.

As i said earlier,most of the monuments have some indication as to the direction of mecca.However this particular tomb didnot have any indication inside. It was surrounded by a fort and this wall which could be seen form one of the arch doors indicated the direction of mecca.

And at last we came to the Watch tower or Turret.The watch tower was a high structure from where the fort was watched by the guards.Though it does not look much like a tower, our guide informed us that the earth had risen and during the Lodhi period delhi was a plain barren land and hence a long distance could be viewed sitting at the top of this tower.No one is allowed inside the tower now as ...ahem it has the gardeners tools inside.

Actually we saw a lot more but its difficult to explain wothout photos,But maybe we will go again and at that time i will upload more photos.Had a wonderful time and i cant wait until the next time. 


  1. seems like u guys r taking the monument visits seriously after our Qutub minar visit...btw am still waiting for the pics :)

  2. hehe i dont remember whether we started before or after the heritage walks. anyhow its somethign to do here in gurgaon


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