ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins Belonging to Medieval Period in Premises of Khirki Mosque (Imp.) (Download PDF)

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Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered collection of 254 Copper Coins n premises of Khirki Mosque during course of conservation of monument. This mosque lies on southern periphery of village Khirki, New Delhi.

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  • Mosque was built by Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, PM of Firoz Shah Tughluq (1351 - 88) & is believed to be one of 7 mosques built by him.

How Did ASI Came Across the Coins?

  • Archaeological Survey of India took up task of cleaning area to initiate conservation of Khirki Mosque & during cleaning, hoard of 254 Coins of medieval period were found near entrance of monument.

  • Delhi Circle of ASI has started scientific clearance of area under technical supervision of archaeologists.

Important Points on Discovery of Coins Near Village Khirki

  • Post discovery of coins, team of archaeologist, consternation assistant & photographers came to site & took hoard of coins under their possession.

  • Few coins got cleaned by experts of Science of Branch of ASI; & on basis of preliminary observation, it was found that some of coins belong to reign of Shershah Suri & his successors.

  • After cleaning of coins process to decipher same will be initiated w/help of experts.

  • Earlier in 2003, hoard of 63 Coins was found from same premises during cleaning & conservation.

Khirki Mosque:

  • Built w/rubble stone, Khirki Mosque is double-storeyed.

  • Lower storey consists only of series of basement cells.

  • Untidy bastions occupy its 4 corners, imparting it look of fortified building.

  • Gateways of 3 sides, except on west, are edged by narrowed minarets; main entrance is from east.

  • Corresponding w/openings of cells on lower storey, upper storey contains holed windows (khirkis), which have given it its present name.

  • Pillared courtyard is divided into 25 squares, 5 on each side, each square consisting of 9 smaller squares.

  • Larger squares, together w/square in centre of courtyard, are each covered w/cluster of 9 small low domes.

  • Among remaining squares, 4 on diagonals are left uncovered to admit light, while others are covered w/flat roofs.

  • This ingenious way of covering courtyard is repeated only in one other mosque erected by same builder. These 2 are only examples of closed mosques in northern India.

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is attached office in Ministry of Culture.
  • It was set up in 1861 w/primary object of surveying antiquarian remains in this country & their study.
  • ASI’s function is to “explore, excavate, conserve, preserve & protect monuments & sites of National & International Importance. “

Functions & Powers of ASI:

  • Preservation, conservation & environmental development of centrally protected monuments & sites, including World Heritage Monuments & antiquities

  • Maintenance of gardens & development of new gardens surrounding centrally protected monuments & sites

  • Exploration & excavation of ancient sites

  • Specialized study of inscription & various phases of Indian architecture

  • Maintenance of Archaeological site Museums

  • Operation of Antiquities & Art Treasures Act

  • Research & Training in diff. areas of Archaeology

  • ASI is successor of Asiatic Society of India. It was founded in its current form in 1861 by Sir Alexander Cunningham w/help of then Viceroy Canning.

  • It regulates all archaeological activities in country as per provisions of Ancient Monuments & Archaeological Sites & Remains Act, 1958 & Antiquities & Art Treasure Act, 1972.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 4, 2018

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