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No one visits the tomb of Patiala founder

The tombs of the clan of Baba Ala Singh, the founder of Patiala, are crying for attention. Built in 1761, the tomb site wears a deserted look today, as hardly any tourists come to visit the historic place. Most of the gates to the site are locked and pigeons seem to have taken over.

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2012 14:40 IST

The tombs of the clan of Baba Ala Singh, the founder of Patiala, are crying for attention.


Built in 1761, the tomb site wears a deserted look today, as hardly any tourists come to visit the historic place. Most of the gates to the site are locked and pigeons seem to have taken over.

The tomb remained the office of the postal department for almost 60 years. Last year, the post office was shifted and the state government took over the site.

But six months since then no renovation work has been undertaken.

There are two iron candle stand pillars at the entrance. Inside the arches are the inscriptions of the reigns of the rulers.

The calligraphy on the arched panels of the tomb has started to blur, making the inscriptions difficult to read.

The mausoleum of the royal family is in a state of neglect. If the obelisk of Baba Ala is not upgraded soon, his name might just fade away like the engravings on it.

The commissioner of cultural affairs, archaeology and museums, Karamjit Singh, said, "The state has recognised the tomb as a heritage site. But no funds from the Archaeology Survey of India have been sanctioned for the repairs or maintenance. The gates of the tomb are open for the visitors."

The ancestors of Baba Ala Singh claimed to be Bharti Rajputs. They migrated from the deserts of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

The city of Patiala was founded by Baba Ala Singh in 1764 AD. Formerly, his principal capital was at Barnala, which was later shifted here.