Purana Qila In Delhi (Old Fort)
Purana Qila In Delhi, The old fort, the Indian capital, is situated on the Yamuna coast of Delhi. Which was built by Sher Shah Suri between 1538 and 1545. Sher Shah Suri had defeated Humayun and took away his throne. This fort has 3 gates of high walls. Inside this there is a mosque in which there are two colored octagonal pillars. This fort was built between 1538 and 1545.According to Hindu literature, it used to be the capital of Pandavas first, which was called Indarprastha’s house. Later it was built by Mughal Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 1538.
“It is said that Delhi was called the capital of Pandavas, which was given the name of Inderprastha. However, there is no definite proof of this, but in the decade of 1955 some trenches were dug for testing in the south eastern part of the fort and those pieces of soil were associated with Mahabharata, which gives it recognition of Indraprastha. Regardless of the Mahabharata see as a scripture, many of the Mahajanapadas mentioned in the Buddhist literature “Angutra Biswas” such as Kashi, Kushalgad, Magadha, Asmak, Avanti, Gandhara, Chendi etc are also mentioned in the Mahabharata, Indicates that this text is not only mythical but it also has some historical significance.
During the excavation near the eastern wall of the old fort there was no evidence related to the Mahabharata, but it was found that the land was filled with human habitation. During excavation, there is a proof from which it is laid down that the land will be inhabited by humans. During the excavation there are many residues such as coins, bead, pottery, small pots of pimples, papaya clusters, sculptural mudras etc. which are displayed in the museum of the fort.
It is said that Mughal emperor Humayun established his own city where Indraprastha was buried, which is situated on the Yamuna coast which was called Dinapnah. After that Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun and after the fall of all the buildings there, he constructed his new city, which was named Shergarh.In the meanwhile, Humayun again organized and attacked and got his lost sultanate back. It is believed that the construction of the fort was completed by Humayun in 1545.
About Purana Qila In Delhi (Old Fort)
The fort is approximately 2.4 kilometers long and has three main doors north, west and south. Of these, the western door is used to enter the fort nowadays.A door of this fort is called “Divorce door or Talaaki Darwaja”. This fort is considered to be a beautiful model of coordination of Mughal, Hindu and Afghani architecture.Sher Shah Suri had constructed the Shermandal, which is the octagonal two-floor building.
This was also the spot where, on 24 January 1556 Humayun fell from the second floor to his death. He slipped while hastening to the evening prayers, following his hobby of astronomical star gazing at the top of this private observatory. He fell headlong down the stairs and died of his injuries two days later. Entry inside the library is now prohibited.
Timing of Old fort ( Purana Qila In Delhi )
- The old fort is open from 07:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can come to this place anytime.
- visit duration 2 to 3 hours.
- All days open or No closing day
Ticket Charge or Entry Fee
- Indians Charge : ₹ 20
- Foreigners Ticket Charge : ₹200
Nearest Metro Station
Pragati Maidan Metro Station is nearest metro station from Purana Qila In Delhi ( 0ld Fort ) . It takes 3 – 5 minutes to travel from Pragati Maidan Metro Station to Purana Qila. it is approximately 1 km far from metro station.