Budgam’s Khampora Mughal Monument craves for attention

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By FK WEB DESK on 23/11/2018.

Budgam’s Khampora Mughal Monument craves for attention

Sadam Hussain Pandow

Budgam, Nov 23: The curved hilly roads through the fascinating almond orchards commonly believed as the old Mughal road leads you to the Khampora village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district mostly known for having one of the famous Mughal Sarai.

The possession of Mughal heritage designed Sarai has made the village a destination for mammoth visitors.

Five centuries old ruined monument is still alive giving some glimpses of that remarkable glorious past with the historical heritage.

Despite of passing centuries the art and heritage of this campsite can be seen with fetching architectures designed from small bricks and clay having its household name of Mughal designs.

Where Mughal emperors left no place in India without leaving their memorable marks there the valley of Kashmir is believed as rich place for possessing the Mughal heritages reviving the glorious history of Mughal emperors.

The day to day traveling conditions of Mughal emperors in Kashmir is the sole reason for existence of these Sairais’ that were used as rest places by emperors.

The heritage comprises the campus of almost eight hectors of land holds a small mosque in its lap that was built some 575 years before in the tenure of well-known Governor Ali Mardan Khan.

This Sarai is believed as the second destination starting from Srinagar Sarai followed by Shadimarg and Sukhan Sarai (now vanished) as fourth destination with the average distance of 10 kilometers (one Padaav).

Every nook and corner of Kashmir is attracting tourists across the globe but due to inappropriate care of the Khampora Sarai reminds its fading fate swiftly.

“In my young ages the lawn of this site was used by people for Cow dung aeration” states Gul Sufi (80), a local. Adding further he said the first repairing work for its facade was started in year 1991 but was suspended in midway due prevailing conditions of valley, the work was resumed in 2000 with miscellaneous repairing and fencing.

Sufi pointed, department of Archeology verified land and initiated to clear the interior debris of monument that took them at least six months to clear the whole Sarai.

Currently Archeology department overseas this heritage but the major portion of this lawn was delegated to Gardens department that seems often careless in maintenance, alleged locals. Khampora residents allege, nothing new is initiated for the improvement of this site.”

Urging upon the Archeology authorities villagers requested to retake the delegated land from Gardens department if they are continuing with such carelessness.

The village was resided by revered Sufi saint of Kashmir Lasa Bab for at least 15 years who left this mortal in 2010.

Villagers believe that the place was thronged by thousands every day to visit Lasa Bab and the rush to this Sarai was also boomed. The market economy and employment opportunity were on boost, narrated a shopkeeper, Masroor Ahmad Sofi.

Pic by, Sadam Hussain Pandow/FK

Despite of grievances made by villagers to the department of Archeology regarding the improvement of Sarai to make it tourist attractive but the department remained unmoved, Sofi added.

However the site remains abuzz with few local visitors in summer days but the day is not far when its existence will vanish forever,” states Imtiyaz Ahmad, a local (34). In addition he mentioned that the site would be visited by masses but the only need is to take proper steps for the improvement of the site to preserve it for future generations.

Umer Rashid (22), a student asserted, It is obvious that Kashmir is common with heavy snow cum rain falls and chilly frozen winters that are the main reasons for disintegration of these art rich Heritages. The negligence in works and carelessness badly hit these monuments with severe damages as their makeup is with unresisting walls of clay fixed bricks.

Meanwhile the sarai is under the supervision of archaeological survey of India and people demand for immediate development of the old monument.

As per history it is believed that Mughal Road was originally known as Namak Road (salt route) before Mughals came. It was a podium road on which travel could be carried out only on ponies and horses. In 1986 AD, after the invasion and consequent of Kashmir by Emperor Akbar, this road came into fame for it turned to be the trusty route between Lahore and Srinagar.

Pic by, Sadam Hussain Pandow/FK

The Mughal rulers loved the scenic beauty, Kashmir gifted with the same began to fascinate them. Akbar visited twice and his son Jahangir visited more than dozens of times to Kashmir through the Mughal route.

The other Mughal rulers like Shahijahan, and his son Aurengzeb also travelled through Mughal Road to Kashmir by this way the small pathway was altered into a broad road. But actual broadening of the road took place during the rule of Jahangir who appointed an Iranian engineer, Ali Mardan Khan the Mughal Road into various stops from Lahore to Srinagar and the major stops consisted of Lahore, Thanamandi, Nowshera, Poshiana, Aliabad sarai, Khampura, Hirpur and Shopian.

Pic by, Sadam Hussain Pandow/FK

According to local aged person, he said that it is believed that the village got its name when Jahangir’s wife Noor Jahan gave birth to a son here but untowardly the child fall ill and within days they shifted to place which was later named Shadimarg were their child died after few days.
Among the major sarais that they were built during their tenure, two are in Srinagar and one each in Khampora, Mitrigaam, Shadimarg, Shopian, Hurpora, Ali Abad, Rajouri and Thanna.