The Ministry of Culture has set up a seven-member committee to locate and conserve the grave of Mughal prince Dara Shikoh, which is believed to be inside the Humayun’s Tomb complex in Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
“We have formed a committee of senior archaeologists to identify the grave of Dara Shikoh. We believe the world needs to know about it,” uniom minister Prahlad Singh Patel said at an inspection of the Humayun’s Tomb complex.
The committee has not been given a specific deadline for the project,however, the ministry has ordered the committee to submit its report within three months.
“The panel will use architectural evidence from that time, and also written history and any other information that can be used as evidence,” Patel added.
The seven-member committee will be headed by T J Alone, director-monuments at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and will consists of senior archaeologists, including, B S Bisht, K N Dikshit, Satish Chandra, B N Pandey, and Sayeed Jamal Hassan.
“We will study the material available in the form of textual evidence, oral history accounts and conduct field work to ascertain the grave’s location,” said B N Pandey, archaeologist and former director of ASI.
Dara Shikoh, the eldest son and heir apparent of Shah Jahan was defeated by his younger brother Aurangzeb in the war of succession. He was later executed 1659 on the orders of Aurangzeb.
He is believed to be buried somewhere in the Humayun’s Tomb complex in Delhi, one of around 140 graves of the Mughal clan.