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The government body wants to rediscover the “glory of Indian rule” in Delhi | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Monuments Authority (NMA) under the Union ministry of culture has sought a project to rediscover “the glory of Indian rule” by going back to how Delhi was founded and named.
At a seminar on Thursday where the NMA brought together academics from IIT, JNU, BHU, Panjab University, and archaeologists from ASI to discuss ‘Anangapala II: The Founder of Delhi (Dhillika),’ President Ram Nath Kovind in a note said : “Delhi has an enriching historical legacy from its beginnings as Indraprastha to Dhillika, later founded by the Kings of Tomar. It is a significant step to have scholars of different academic nuances such as history and archeology to sit together and contemplate the various aspects of our glorious past. ”
In the two-day seminar, there were three sessions, on tradition and literature, on coins and epigraphs (inscriptions) and on archaeological evidence, in which historians drew on the epic Mahabharata and other mythological and historical references to talk about Tomar Rajputs.
The conclusion the NMA wants to work towards is that Anangapala II established Delhi, “which was then known as Dhilli or Dhillika.” The NMA said that the inscriptions on the Mehrauli pillar and the “bardic traditions” already indicate this.
ASI archaeologist BR Mani, whose report had laid the foundation for the temple under the Babri Masjid argument, told TOI: “The Killi-Dhilli Katha mentioned by various authorities becomes very relevant.” It was referring to a section of the 12th century epic poem “Prithviraj Raso”, a story about how Delhi got its name. He added: “The truth is that Anangapala II established the city and wanted to uproot the iron pillar, which was supposed to be the nail in the ground. The scholars warned him against that. Colloquially it was called Killi, and later it came to be known as Dhili. That later became Dhillika or Dhillikapuri. ”
In this context, the NMA has sought a pilot project to conduct vertical excavations at Anangapala’s Lalkot fortress, find more coins from the time he ruled, and conduct further research based on these main findings. Former ASI director of Arabic and Persian epigraphy, Dr. GS Khwaja, said: “I suggest that more vertical excavations be done at Lalkot to establish the legends of Tomar.”

Times of India