Ancient monuments in state of neglect in Panna

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Panna, MP, Nov 14: Absence of proper care and the problem of encroachment has endangered the existence of ancient monuments belonging to former princely rule.

While some people have made these monuments their residence, others have made shanties in vacant premises.

However, several monuments are in ruins due to illegal digging also.

Palatial monuments built during princely rule in the memory of Bundel Keshri Maharaja Chhatrasal and his descendants are in a dilapidated condition.

About 10-12 such monuments including the Panna Naresh Hridyashah's mausoleum are among those monuments that have been grossly neglected. According to historians, the mausoleum of Maharaja Hridyashah, son of Maharaja Chhatrasal, was much older than other mausoleums in Panna.

Architectural design of most monuments are similar with four minarets reminiscent of Mughal architecture, while huge dome in the middle provide them with a temple like form. 'Nakkashi' (intricate carvings) on enterance of these monuments leave people spellbound.

A large premise is adjoining these monuments.

However, these monuments have been neglected since many years and even members of erstwhile princely family are not concerned about its condition. Besides, the government and the administration have not shown any interest in preserving these monuments.

UNI

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