To bring Haripur-Guler fort, murals and related sites under Archaeological Survey of India
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Guler is an erstwhile princely state of Himachal Pradesh established by Raja Hari Chand in 1405 CE. The erstwhile ruler of Kangra formed his new state and built a fort over the top of a hill and new capital was named Haripur after the name of its ruler Hari Chand. The rulers of Guler princely state had very good relations with other rulers and the state flourished during the reigns of various rulers. Rulers also patronized the Pahadi school of miniature painting and artists like Seu, Manaku, Nainsukh, were considered experts in the paintings of Guler School. The artists spread their art in the neighboring states of Chamba, Basholi, Kangra among others. At present their great artwork can be found in the museums of the world and with art collectors. The folklore of Rani Tara and Rukman which talks about the two sisters and is a story of devotion and love is sung even today in Jagrans of Goddess Shakti also signifies the cultural and historical importance of the Haripur-Guler*.
Rulers of the state were instrumental in spreading Pahadi school of paintings, creation of beautiful temples, gates, water bodies, wells etc. which tell the glory of foregone era. Besides culturally strong in medieval era the Guler state is also important to understand the evolution of human civilization.
The Sohan industry has its spread also in sub-Himalayan region in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The Beas-Banganga valley in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh has yielded evidence of Sohan industries. In Beas-Banganga, Guler is an important site. In 1955 B.B. Lal found Sohan type tools in the Beas and Banganga valleys in Kangra district, East Punjab. He also noticed 5 terraces at Guler and elsewhere.*
Renowned writer Late Shri Chander Dhar Sharma Guleri belonged to this historical village of Guler. Guleri wrote legendary books like “Usne Kaha Tha”, first published in 1915, which is debated to be the first short story in Hindi. He is also remembered for his efforts to preserve the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur. At present Haripur-Guler is famous for Pong Lake, an international Ramsar wetland site visited by thousands of migratory birds every year.
Haripur-Guler is archaeologically, culturally, literary, spiritually and historically a very important site and opens vistas of forgotten wisdom to anyone who wants to explore different dimensions of life. In spite of all of these things i.e. monuments, murals, art and sites are in very bad condition because they are not in proper hands who can appreciate their importance and provide our rich heritage to the coming generations.
It’s my humble request to Secretary,Ministry of Culture and Director General, Archaeological Survey of India to bring the deteriorating Haripur Fort, Murals, art work, temples and other important sites under its overall supervision and care. It’s my firm believe that if ASI takes these sites under its care like other important sites of Kangra District then these sites ands area will prosper again like yesteryear and we will be able to save the rich heritage of our country.
s/o Sh.Bhupinder Sharma,VPO Gopalpur
Tehsil Palampur, District Kangra , Himachal Pradesh-176059
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Information / References:
1.Haripur- Guler are two villages in Dehra Tehsil of Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh Pin -176033.
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