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Dilbag Singh , Hindustan Times
Nakodar, July 08, 2013
Where history lies buried in peace, modern development has come knocking at the door. The prohibited areas around the 17th-century tombs of Nakodar are under encroachment. The Nakodar sub-circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was on Monday forced to issue a notice to Satnam Singh, a resident of Kapurthala road, asking him to stop all his construction work encroaching upon the preserved historical place. The notice was forwarded to the police and nagar council.

“Any construction without permission in the prohibited limits of any national monument is encroachment in the eyes of law. It can also be a house,” said A Sharma, in charge of the ASI sub-circle in Nakodar.

At Nakodar in Jalandhar district, there are two Muslim tombs close together, maintained as protected by the ASI. One of the tombs was built in 1612 AD in the beginning of the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir and the other in 1657 AD towards the end of the reign of emperor Shah Jahan.

The tomb of Ustad Muhammed Momin, also known as Ustad Ustad Mohammed Husseini "Hafizak", was erected over the mortal remains of a tambura player in the service of Khan-e-Khana, one of the Navaratnas in the court of emperor Akbar, in 1612 AD. Standing on an octagonal platform, it is square from the inside and octagonal on the outside.

The tomb of Haji Jamal, a pupil of Ustad Husseini, was raised in 1657 AD towards the close of emperor Shah Jahan's reign.

There is also no approach road to another monument, Dakhni Serai, said to have been built by the Mughal noble Ali Mardan Khan during the reign of emperor Shah Jahan around 1640 AD. The ASI and the people of the area have made many requests to the state government for this road over there.

Dakhni Serai, about 12 km to Kapurthala from Nakodar, is one of the best preserved specimens of Mughal caravan serais built along the old highway. In the absence of a road, tourists have to walk up to the monument, a trek that becomes very inconvenient during rains.