ON HERITAGE

 Iqbal Ahmad

The mysterious Pavements

The mysterious Pavements

Kashmir is a place of great fables, folklore and rich archeological history besides other things. There are marvelous architectural pieces and great historical monuments that have attracted world renowned historians, archeologists and other experts from centuries now. However amidst all this, there are few sites and few constructions that remain mysteries till date. These sites […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

The tradition of emblematic constructions in Kashmir

The tradition of emblematic constructions in Kashmir

Lalitaditya Mukhtapida who ruled Kashmir from 699 AD to 736 AD is recorded to have brought glory and prosperity to his kingdom. He is known as a great builder and Kalhana attributes to him the foundation of several towns and buildings. The ruins of a monastery at Martand and remains of palaces and other monasteries […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

The great travelogues have a mention of mine!

The great travelogues have a mention of mine!

Besides the physical evidences of the pristine glory and magnificence of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly Kashmir valley, this place has historically made it to the rich treasure of travelogues composed by the most famous and historically significant travelers across the globe. These are the historical accounts   put forth by the various travelers […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Verinag: So tranquil, so soothing an ambience! 

Verinag: So tranquil, so soothing an ambience! 

A famous legend attributed to Mughal emperor ‘Jahangir’ is recorded in several chronicles having said that he (Jehangir) so wished that he be buried at Verinag. Verinag with its mighty trees, cold-water and murmuring streams nestled amidst serene pine-clad hills is situated in South Kashmir, nearly 74 Kms from Srinagar. It is considered to be […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Mughal art and architecture

Mughal art and architecture

So far as the Mughal period in Kashmir is concerned, most of the historians believe that the era has been significant in more than one way and the architecture as well as art flourished here. Mughal emperors not only promoted a composite culture in the region, but also restored the traditional arts and cultural of […]

 Tajamul Ahmad Sheikh

Shah-e-Hamadan (R.A)- The Architect of a Nations’ Destiny!

Shah-e-Hamadan (R.A)- The Architect of a Nations’ Destiny!

Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani (RA), the 14th century Sufi saint, popularly known as Amir Kabir, was one of the prominent representatives of Islamic thought. Besides a social reformer, he was a voyager, philosopher, poet and the religious leader. Such was his thirst for knowledge, learning and propagation of Islam that he travelled great lengths, many […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving the cultural identity

Preserving the cultural identity

Kashmiries are a peace loving nation which has got a documented   history of about 6000 years. Archeologists and historians who carry out the study of Kashmir history and culture claim that people of Kashmir is an old nation which, according to them, has a well documented history of 6,000 years. In ancient times   it was […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Dranga the ancient watch station

Dranga the ancient watch station

 Drang is a small village situated at a distance of a mile and a half from North Kashmir’s town of Tangmarg- the gateway to the famous Gulmarg. Drang is the spot wherefrom the Ferozpora Nallah  flows into numerous villages. The latter part of the name preserves the memory of its ancient appellation Karkota-dranga. The term […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

The less known Persian manuscripts

The less known Persian manuscripts

Apart from Sanskrit records of Kashmir which are hardly explored, our Persian documents and manuscripts too have not been given any such treatment which these deserve. As a result, most of them are facing a similar crisis as that of the Sanskrit records. Most of these manuscripts are still not translated, un-catalogued and undocumented. Like […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving heritage buildings

Preserving heritage buildings

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has got a repository of such historical buildings in shape of archaeological monuments, historical shrines, Palaces and forts which have earned a special place in the renowned heritage and archaeological manuals across the globe. All the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, comprising the state of Jammu and Kashmir have […]