The first stop on our last Sunday’s Heritage Walk was Darya Khan Lohani’s tomb in Kidwai Nagar East, New Delhi.
Darya Khan served all the Lodi kings on several high posts. He was the Chief Justice Officer during Buhlul Khan Lodhi’s reign and was later appointed as an Advocate during Sikander Lodhi’s time.
His tomb stands on a raised platform and its exterior is made up of red masonry. There are stairs on three sides and the main entrance is via the eastern face of the monument.
There are domed pavilions on all four corners of the platform and in the center there is another platform with an unmarked grave painted in white.
We are told that on every Thursday morning the grave is cleaned by an old man called Haaji Bhure who also lights an incense stick at the head of the grave.
On the whole the monument is badly maintained. Half of the dome on one of the pavilion is missing, the rest are crying for neglect. Meanwhile next door, the residential blocks of Delhi Development Authority apartments, are being re-built adding further to the misery of this monument.
Our next stop was “Tin Burj” in South Extension Part I. It is again a badly neglected monument with a private land bifurcating the monument. ASI apparently lost a court case so now a private land runs in between the monument. There were three gumbads, Bare Khan ka Gumbad , Chhote Khan Ka Gumbad and Bhure Khan ka Gumbad and you could access them together.
The first two gumbads are larger than the third but they all have similar architectural features like ornamental doorways, arched niches and onion-shaped domes. Kale Khan ka-Gumbad, or Bhure Khan Ka Gumbad has its ceiling decorated with painted plaster-word and it was built in 886 AH during Buhlul Lodi’s reign. There were two other nobles, one of whom was the father of Darya Khan, in whose memory these Gumbads were made.
It is said to see how our heritage today is nobody’s business and is being destroyed slowly.