A Walk Through the Past

Qila Mubarak, sit­u­ated in Bhatinda, is one of the oldest sur­viv­ing forts in In­dia.

India Today - - FEATURE - _ By Am­rita Dhaliwal

The hus­tle bus­tle of the city, the honk­ing of the ve­hi­cles and ev­ery­day chat­ter fades away as one en­ters the nar­row path­way that leads to an open ex­panse of man­i­cured lawns. Spread across 15 acres, Qila Mubaarak, is a sight to be­hold, even with small pock­ets of crum­bling ru­ins that the Arche­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia is yet to work on.

What makes the Qila pop­u­lar, how­ever, is how it is brim­ming with sto­ries from the past. Razia Sul­tana, the first lady ruler of the Delhi Sul­tanate, was kept im­pris­oned in this fort af­ter she was de­feated and de­throned. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs, also vis­ited this place. A Gur­d­wara was later con­structed within the fort to com­mem­o­rate his visit. Many visi­tors also come in to see the can­nons that Babur brought with him to In­dia. Four of them, made of an al­loy of sil­ver, gold, cop­per and iron are there in this fort for view­ing.

A ma­jes­tic and old-fash­ioned door­way wel­comes visi­tors to the Qila Mubarak and gives them a re­gal feel. Qila Mubarak is also one of the high­est forts that have been con­structed with small bricks. Ow­ing to its height, vis­tors can de­light in a panoramic view of the en­tire town of Bhatinda.

Ac­cord­ing to the ASI staff, the fort is blessed at all times of the day. Guru kaLan­gar is served to those vis­it­ing the fort and the Gur­d­wara for bless­ings. Dur­ing all the fes­ti­vals and hol­i­days the fort is lit up from out­side and is a sight to be­hold.

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