The International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day) is held on World Heritage Day Images: Monuments Photos – each year around the world with different types of activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles. 18 April
The International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the
( International Council on Monuments and Sites ) on ICOMOS and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation. 18 April 1982
World Heritage Day Images: Monuments Photos
A big drain passing through the Mehrauli Archaeological Park poses a potential threat to the foundations of an unnamed early-Mughal era monument.
Azim Khan’s Tomb was built in the the 17th century by the later Mughals and is located near the intersection of Mehraulli-Badarpur road and Anurvat road. Being placed a top a rock hill gives this monument a very prominent appearance making it almost symbolic of this area in South Delhi yet its history is not well known
Barapullah, a causeway from the times of the early Mughal empire, is located near Nizamuddin Railway Station. Despite having a flyover corridor named after itself, today it supports a make shift market on top of itself while a sewer flows under it.
Bijay Mandal ruins which are located in Begumpur village were part of Jahanpanah. According to Ibn Batuta, the medieval historian, this structure served as a large public audience hall while other records claim it was built to monitor troops of the Tughlaq dynasty.
Do Sirhiya Monument in New Delhi is a lessor known Lodhi-era monument located in Nizamuddin Basti completely surrounded by houses.
Built in 1528, Jamali Kamali Mosque in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park was built in the memory of the Sufi poet Jamali who lived during the reign of Sikandar Lodi. Delhi has its share of lessor known monuments that have little documented history. Some of them stand in isolation whereas many of them have been overwhelmed by a city bursting at its seams due to population pressures resulting in unauthorized encroachments.
Lal Gumbad was built in the memory of Shaikh Kabbiruddin Auliya a Sufi poet who lived during the reign of the Tughlaqs. A beautiful sandstone structure, it is considered to be a small scale replica of the tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughluq and is located in Malviya Nagar.
Neela Gumbad is one of the oldest remnants of the Mughal era in Delhi. Completed in 1625, it is located next to the Nizamuddin Railway Station behind the Humayun tomb complex.
Talkatora Monument inside the Talkatora Gardens has some sections that have broken away with time
Tomb of Khane-i-Khana is located in Nizamuddin East and was built in the honour of Abdul Rahim Khane-i-Khana who was one of the Navratnas of Akbar’s court. It is currently under extensive restoration to restore its former glory under a public-private partnership.
This unnamed tomb is located in the residential area called Sadhna Enclave in Panchsheel Park. Identified as a tomb from the Lodi era due to its architectural similarities to buildings from that time period, this piece of history has been nearly been claimed by the settlement around it.
Despite a lack of awareness about its history, Adham Khan’s tomb draws visitors by its mere presence as a tranquil island in contrast to the commotion of its busy surroundings. The young take to its always open entrance as an easy getaway from the road which is always buzzing with the din of passing vehicles. Some use it to kill time after school, while others consider it a playground fit for cricket, football and apt to its legend- hide and seek.
Adham Khan’s tomb was built along the ramparts of the 12th century Qila Rai Pithora or Lal Kot, following his execution for the murder of Ataga Khan, one of Akbar’s generals in 1562. The emperor had Adham Khan thrown off the walls of the Agra Fort twice for this betrayal. The mausoleum also contained the tomb of his mother Maham Anga (Akbar’s wet nurse) who died soon after in despair.
Although a designated protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India, there is a distinct lack of any signs in this direction, with no guards present at the site, its walls vandalised and the location an apparent free for all. Sagar Sharma, a visitor said, ‘We come here to rest. We workers even eat our food here sometimes. It’s our usual meet up spot. When there is no work, I take afternoon naps here. But we do not stay here at night because people say it’s unlucky as ghosts visit at night.’
At Adham Khan’s tomb, one finds locals walking about its hallways, children playing in the courtyard, groups engaged in card games, people napping, stray animals and even young couples tucked away in its many corridors.