UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award to Gohad Fort

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 12:29:53


Staff Reporter,

Announcement has been made by the UNESCO to honour the conservation work of Gohad Fort in Bhind district with ‘Asia Pacific Heritage’ award. Total 43 projects from various countries were received by the International Conservation Committee and 7 projects from India were selected for the awards. The conservation work of Gohad Fort was mentioned specially among these projects. ‘Award of Merit’ was honoured to the conservation work of Mahidpur Fort of Ujjain district also by the UNESCO last year.

Informing about this, Commissioner Archeology Anupam Rajan said that the conservation work costing Rs 64 lakh was carried out by the Directorate of Archeology, Archives and Museum in Gohad Fort under the agreement between the Culture Department and World Monument Fund. Consultant Vijaya Amujure (New Delhi), Deputy Director Archeology Gita Sabharwal and in-charge Deputy Director Technical K K Barai has special contribution in this conservation work. Rajan has congratulated the Archeology team for this accomplishment.

The design of Gohad Fort is a peerless example of fort construction art. The fort was built in the 16th century. Jat Kings ruled over this place for several years and this was the capital of their state. The conservation work of fort’s gate Hathi Pour, Sankal Darwaza and Hamaar Darwaza was utmost difficult. The work was undertaken with special care and constant monitoring was carried out. Out of 24 conserved monuments of Bhind district, 10 monuments in Gohad alone including this Fort have been declared as conserved monuments. These all monuments belong from 8th century to 18th century.

Commissioner Archeology Rajan informed that 497 monuments of the State are declared conserved monuments. The conservation, restoration and development works of these monuments are carried out with utmost care keeping in view the architecture and specialty of these monuments.

The survey and conservation work is being carried out constantly in order to apprise people about the village wise survey and archeological property spread out at these places beside safety of heritages.