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Hasan’s tomb and ‘Bua wala Talab

December 31, 1624
Mirza Firuz Shah
Architectural and Building
Jahangir 1605–1627

Hasan’s tomb and ‘Bua wala Talab



Background of Hasan’s tomb and ‘Bua wala Talab THE Mughal-era love story of Buwa and Hasan may not be as well-known as that of Laila-Majnu, Romeo-Juliet and Shirin-Farhad, but it has lived on in folklore for more than 350 years. As per folklore, Buwa was the daughter of Mustafa Kalal, a cavalry official based at Kot Kalal (the Jhajjar area in Haryana), during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir. A bold and beautiful girl, Buwa once went to a jungle on her horse, where she was attacked by a tiger. Hasan, a brave and courageous youth, happened to be nearby. He saved her life, and the two fell in love. Buwa's family was grateful to Hasan, but when he sought her hand in marriage, her father was reluctant, though he did not turn down the proposal straight away. Instead, he got Hasan inducted in the army and sent him to a battle. As fate would have it, Hasan was killed in the battle. The love story finds mention in the Rohtak District Gazetteer of 1910, under the topic ‘Antiquities of Jhajjar’. “His (Hasan) body was so heavy that it could not be lifted for burial on the battlefield, but when the bearers turned towards Jhajjar, it was found to be quite light,” the Gazetteer mentions. Deeply saddened, Buwa got a tomb built for Hasan Shahid. She did not marry anyone, and passed away after some time. “Buwa built the tomb and mausoleum, and died shortly afterwards; she was buried nearby,” states the gazetteer. A pond located close to Hasan's tomb is popularly known as ‘Buwa wala Talab’; the site brings back the memories of their eternal love story. Tombs and inscriptions Hasan's tomb is one of the many tombs in the necropolis situated to the east of Jhajjar town. These tombs fall within the time period of 1579-1636.

Researchers say there are nearly a dozen tombs, with many of them withering away. As of now, the site is under the Archaeological Survey of India. “The courtyard of Hasan's tomb has four uninscribed gravestones, two of which are uprooted. Two gravestones have qalamdan carved on them, indicating the deceased were male,” maintains Dr Subhash Parihar, a former Associate Professor of History at Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, who has done research on Islamic architecture and necropolis of the medieval era. A slab in the central arch of the façade of the mosque (not extant now) had an inscription in Persian, which translates as follows: “In the time of Jahangir, the king of the world, this light tomb of Hasan Shahid has been made.” The inscription indicates that the tomb was made in 1625. Poor maintenance Unfortunately, the tombs as well as the Buwa wala Talab are poorly maintained. While the cluster of tombs, including that of Hasan Shahid, are under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India, the pond has now become part of a nearby park. “The originality of the Buwa wala Talab has been compromised due to its renovation. Ideally, it should have been included in the ASI-protected heritage site comprising the group of tombs so as to conserve it in its original form,” says Rajkishan Nain, a well-known art historian of Haryana. Hasan’s tomb and ‘Bua wala Talab (Now) The Bua Hasan Talab is located to the east of town on Jhajjar-Delhi road near the group of 7 tombs. This tank was built in 1625 by Kalal Khan a mace bearer of Emperopr Jehangir. The tank has undergone many renovations and lost most of its original fabric. The tank is square in plan, approximately, 60 m x 70 m with steps from east, west and south side and ramp from the north side. The structure is constructed of brick and clad with stone at upper level. A small channel is located on the northeast corner and is believed to be the source of water for the tank. To Read More Visit This Book Link Mughal Library

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Very good information.


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