Surrounded by several monuments, some standing with glory while others were lost in history, Delhi is living with its past. Broken tombs, crumpled fort walls, ruined monuments and there is a lot which you will find when you take a walk across the capital city of India. On one side, you have medieval monuments which are a matter of pride and which are not only maintained by ASI but also by UNESCO whereas, on the other side, there are monuments which are living in ignorance, with lots of stories and mysteries. In this blog, I will take you to one such monument which not many people know (Not everyone in Delhi as well). A monument which was built in the Tughlaq era, Bijai Mandal of New Delhi, today stands in completely ruined conditions.
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Delhi was long ruled over by the Mughals and then the British came. A majority of the monuments built by them are standing today in good condition. The city has a few monuments built during the Tughlaq era which today can be found in weathered, broken, ruined conditions across the city. Bijai Mandal in New Delhi is located near Begumpur Mosque. I took a walk to this monument from the mosque and explored its every corner. Built in the then Jahanpanah city, Bijai Mandal today is surrounded by the houses in its neighborhood and lacks proper care and maintenance. Though I saw a security guard but I also saw people smoking weed inside the monument.
Delhi holds a huge historical and cultural significance and monuments like this make this city beautiful. Yet, with not much maintenance, these monuments are left to die, and sooner or later if proper attention isn’t given; our coming generation will only get to see them in books or photos. Bijai Mandal was the site of a thousand-pillared hall.