Kalusarai Masjid, a heritage site near Delhi (Tughlaq period) is in ruins and needs urgent conservation

Kalusarai Masjidnear Delhi. dynamic.tourtravelworld.com

Kalusarai Masjid located 500 m (1,640.4 ft) to the north of the Bijaymandal, close  to the village of Kalu-Sarai was  built by the famous builder of Mosques Khan-i-Jahan Maqbul Tilangani, Prime Minister during Feroz Shah Tughlaq's reign, as one of his seven mosques. Tilagani (d. 1369) was an Indian commander in the Kakatiya Empire who was converted to Islam and rose to become the Wazir of the Delhi Sultanate under Firuz Shah Tughlaq (r. 1351–1388). His tomb is the first octagonal tomb to be built in Delhi. carrying  historical and architectural significance, even though it is not a royal tomb Close to Delhi (about 15 km),it is on the  Delhi-Mehrauli road,  a rubble-built but plastered mosque formerly with seven arched openings in the frontage of its prayer-hall, is surmounted by low domes  in typical Tughlaqi architectural style with three deep bays.

Close to the Hindu temples - Birla Mandir and Kali  shrine, because of age, other factors like poor upkeep and official carelessness, this old mosque, a heritage monument of importance, is in a dilapidated condition and is facing further damages as months go by. One of the earliest mosques in this part, it is must  be repaired and restored back to old glory soon. Its proper conservation with right techniques will    preserve the history of Delhi, one of the oldest places in India.

Kalusarai Masjid near Delhi. dynamic.tourtravelworld.com
Above image: Like many declared heritage site, this old mosque near Delhi has been encroached upon by a few poor families who have built small houses near the site. The authorities never took action again them in the early stages and have to follow a myriad of legal bottlenecks to get them off the sites. In some places such families are supported by Netas (politicians) to get their votes. This vote bank politics is common in Tamil Nadu and has a run on the sites embedded with local history. 

These encroachment problems and abuse of heritage sites need firm action by the Archaeological departs of respective states. The pity is this abuse of such sites takes place despite the displace of warning board near the monuments. 





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