|Delhi Gate Multan|
This Gate was originally a part of the City Wall when it was built for the first time in the 17th century by the orders of Prince Murad Bakhsh and then repaired and rebuilt in 1756 by Muhammad Ali Khan Khakwani. It is said that inside Delhi Gate were once the spacious palaces and gardens of Nawab Saeed Khan Qureshi in a place where his tomb stands today. Was attacked by the British army on 29th December 1848 and subsequent complete destruction of it. When British Raj was established and peace restored, this Gate was also rebuilt but now not to defend the city from an enemy but as a memorial to the fighting that took place here in 1848.
Interesting note about this gate is it faces straight towards Delhi if you see on maps.
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DELHI GATE / ALUNG ROAD / CIRCULAR ROAD
NON – LISTED.
Period / Date
This Gate was originally a part of the City Wall when it was built for the first time in the 17th century by the orders of Prince Murad Bakhsh and then repaired and rebuilt in 1756 by Muhammad Ali Khan Khakwani. It is said that inside Delhi Gate were once the spacious palaces and gardens of Nawab Saeed Khan Qureshi in a place where his tomb stands today. Saeed Qureshi was a favorite courtier of Prince Murad Bakhsh, the fourth son of Shah Jahan. This Gate has been prominently mentioned in the accounts of the Siege of Multan which took place in 1848 and ended in January 1849. John Dunlop has provided an interesting account of the attack on this Gate by the British army on 29th December 1848 and subsequent complete destruction of it. He has also published a litho showing how complete was the destruction of Delhi Gate as a result of this breach (plate at p. 67). The wall attached with Delhi Gate was about 30 feet high. “Upon passing the broken ground and ruined outworks of the gate under a heavy fire of matchlocks descended a deep hollow, and found to their surprise the city wall in front, about thirty feet in height, un-breached, and totally impracticable, being from the nature of the ground, fairly concealed from view until directly upon it”, writes Dunlop (30). When British Raj was established and peace restored, this Gate was also rebuilt but now not to defend the city from an enemy but as a memorial to the fighting that took place here in 1848.
Description / Main Features
It is a free standing structure standing in the middle of an open space at the meeting place of several roads. It looks like a memorial rather than part of a city wall guarding an entry point. Delhi Gate is one of the old landmarks of the city considering a gate had existed here even before the coming of the British. The present gate was rebuilt during the British Raj. Its construction is similar to Haram Gate and Bohar Gate except that its arch has a wider span than that of the Haram Gate.
Access / Environs
The gate can be approached both from Alang Road and Circular Road. Its environs are densely populated with houses and shops.
The gate has been conserved with deep struck pointing. However, banners, posters and encroachments destroy the majesty of this historical building.
The greatest intervention in Delhi Gate took place when the original Mughal period Gate was completely destroyed during the Siege of the city in December 1848 and then, after an interval of a few years, was rebuilt in the style of European architecture with church windows. However, it is not known if any further intervention took place between 1854 and 1990 when the first survey of monuments of Multan was undertaken by the Multan Development Authority. The present restoration took place at the same time when the renovation of the Walled City between Delhi Gate and Pak Gate took place between July 2006 and 2008.
No immediate repair work is needed. Cleaning and removal of Banners, posters and electric cables.
Latif, 38, 51; Wasti, 169-176, Dunlop, 26, 67; Nazir, 16, 45, 120, pl. on page 121, 125.
Vehicular Access / Parking
The gate is located on the eastern side of the Walled City with the ring road passing below it and the internal ring road and bazaar roads converging at the gate. Traffic passes through the Gate in large numbers; vehicles park in the area in front of the Gate and immediately adjacent to the structure.
Use of Space
The space around the gate is crowded with vendors and temporary shops; the surface of the lower portion of the historic structure is plastered with posters and advertisements. At the time of our visit a goat was being kept in one of the side chambers of the gate with ice being sold from another.
NThere are no facilities of any kind for visitors.
A Electricity poles are placed very near the historic structure and wiring obstructs views of the monument.
There are no toilet facilities and no sewerage directly associated with the gate.
Surface water running off from the adjacent bazaar streets collects at the gate and flows towards the ring road.
A lot of solid waste is generated near the gate due to the dense commercial activity and traffic. Solid waste is dumped in many corners and spots around the gate from which it is later collected by CDG staff.
Pavement and surfaces
All adjacent surfaces are blacktop bituminous roads.
The monument is a British period brick load bearing structure of massive masonry. The top of the structure is open to the elements and potentially at risk of degrading. Overall it is stable and safe