He walked a million miles, crossed death valleys;
Passed through the dark alleys, broken and scarred;
Yet moving in love for his destination,
Just to have a glimpse of the saint.
To lay beside the saint after he closes his eyes;
Will sure be the perfect way to salvation!
The precinct of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah has a lot to see and a lot more to feel. The elements and the structures date from more than 700 years. Most of the structures qualify as tombs of luminaries of the past. The reason behind stacking up of tombs and graves of important people around the Dargah was that they believed it to be an honour to be buried near a saint of such importance. If we move out of the complex, then the site for Humayun’s Tomb and Lodhi’s Tomb clears the idea to a better extent.
Not only the Dargah, there are another heritage structures in the complete premise. More than 50% of the heritage which used to exist has now been encroached, with some parts of it ruined and demolished. While some structures which are comparatively larger in scale were restored to some extent. Precisely, there are more than 10 structures within the complex to give glimpses of our glorious past but only a very few are accessed by the common public. The major reason being encroachments and cluster formations around the structures.
Thanks to the restoration and conservation organisations which are continuously working in favour of the remaining structures. Organisations and institutions like, INTACH, ASI and DDA (partially) are contributing enormously to the structures and their revival.
List of structures within the precinct are –
- Jamat Khana Masjid
- Atgah Khan Tomb
- Baara Khamba
- Chausath Khamba
- Ghalib’s Gallery
- Lal Mahal
- Jahanara Ka Makbara (tomb)
- Bauli (Stepped well)
Apart from these, a lot of other smaller structures are also there but the dilapidated condition has covered their existence very well. The public and the residents of the community must understand the importance of our heritage and respect it, so that it stays to be cherished.
Due acknowledgement to Anshul Abbasi, Sabika Zaidi, Tushar Mondal, Aditya Krishnan and Pratibha Singh. Without their help and contribution, this wouldn’t have come up.