Two stones with Persian and Hindi inscriptions dating back to 1854 were found during the cleaning of Surajkund Park in Old City, Lucknow.
Officials supervising the work said the writing in Hindi says that the pond was cleaned and renovated by Rai Tulsi Ram around 161 years back.
However, the Persian inscription on the second stone was not clear. Officials said the script would be readable once the stone is cleaned.
Four wells in four corners of the kund were also ‘unearthed’ during the cleaning operation, said Rajeev Kumar, OSD, Lucknow Development Authority (LDA).
The pond was cleaned as it was full of polythene bags and filth. However, locals highlighted the historical importance of this water body, stating that the kund was an ancient structure and constructed by Suryavanshi kings.
Historian Yogesh Praveen said Surajkund was mentioned in Mughul era books as ‘Shamsi Talab’.
But the historical aspect of the pond was lost with the passage of time.
“Despite its historical importance, the pond has been lying dirty in the absence of proper care,” said Mahant Sachin Shastri of Surjakund Park and temple.