Tomb of Bhopal’s ninth nawab to be conserved

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 23:31 IST
The tomb of Jehangir Mohammad Khan lies in a dilapidated state on the PHQ campus. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT)

The 170-year-old tomb of Jehangir Mohammad Khan, the ninth Nawab of Bhopal that is situated within the campus of the police headquarters (PHQ) would be taken up for conservation by the state directorate of archaeology, archives and museums.

A proposal in this regard has been drafted and approval is awaited, officials said.

The proposal for conservation of the royal resting place, which is in tatters, has been moved after Mahan Bharat Sagar, additional director general of police (complaints), wrote to the directorate in this matter.

“A proposal worth about Rs 6.5 crores for conservation of the tomb complex has been prepared and forwarded to the state government for approval,” deputy director (technical) of archaeology, GK Mitra told HT.

He confirmed that Sagar had written to the department twice regarding the conservation of the tomb as it falls within the PHQ campus.

Jehangir Mohammad Khan’s mausoleum is a typical Indo-Islamic structure with netted, delicate alabaster screens with floral motifs surrounding the tomb. It is open at the top and fixed with small minarets.

Due to lack of upkeep, the structure has lost its sheen, especially as black water marks have appeared and small cracks have developed. The tomb itself has layers of moss covering it. Recently, one of the screens on the right side of the structure collapsed after a branch of a tree fell on it, inflicting a more permanent damage to the mausoleum.

“It is one of the few royal mausoleums in Bhopal made in alabaster, while locally available sandstone was used for most of the others,” Savita Raje, head of the department of architecture at School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) and president of NGO Living Heritage Alliance, said.

About the Nawab

Jehangir Mohammad Khan ruled for seven years from 1837-1844. He fell out with his wife and reportedly attacked her with a sword forcing Sikander Jehan to escape and seek refuge at Islamnagar.

He, however, passed away at a young age of 28, probably due to liver cirrhosis. Jehangir Khan built the Noor Bagh, Masjid Noor Bagh and established the Jehangirabad locality, which is currently one of the most crowded areas of Bhopal.

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