Naqqar Khana


Naqqar Khana (drum house) is situated at the outer entrance of the northern gate of Dargah Shah-E-Mardan towards left.  It was built by Sadiq Ali in 1815 A.D. (1230 Hijri). Two inscriptions on the northern arch read as-

Translation (1) "When Sadiq Ali built a high edifice at the threshold of Haider (a title of Ali, but literally a lion" (2) "For the date of the foundation of that edifice Sadiq Said ‘The Drum house of Haider".

It was a two story brick building. Upper story was a pavilion with arched openings. It has fallen now. It was also used to accommodate respectable personalities visited Dargah shah-e-Mardan during Mughal era. The date obtained by the chronogram is 1229 A.H., one year less than the date given in numerals. Sayyed Ahmad Khan gives the date of its erection as 1237 A.H. (1822 A.D.), which is not correct.

Presently Naqqar Khana is in a very dilapidated condition and partly illegally encroached.

After efficacious protest and plentiful efforts, the wreckage from Naqqar Khana has been thrown out and ladies Majalis are taking place on every 'Nauchandi Jumerat' (first Thursday of every lunar month).




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