Ancient machinery Ghani Kolhu of 11th Century AD lying unattended

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 12:20:56


By Tara Chettur,

Ghani Kolhu used for crushing seeds for oil extraction in 11th Century is lying uncared in the basin of Kaliyasoth river in State capital. Normally, it used to remain hidden in the water of river and people hardly knew about it. As of now, river has become dry, henceforth this ancient structure has come into the eyes of public and has become a point of curiosity.Curious people are getting attracted to see the ancient structure which is also having inscriptions on it. So far, no endeavours have been taken to conserve this ancient structure.

Dr Narayan Vyas, Retired Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeology Survey of India (ASI), says that usually river basin especially in Bhopal belt is a kind of Archaeological heritage. Many river basins typically contain tools and other occupational itineraries of archaeological resources. Archaeological resources may be defined as sites, structures, objects or other evidences of past human activity which can be used to reconstruct and explain the life ways of indigenous and early historic people. This particular Ghani Kolhu ancient machinery might have been used in 11th Century AD during Paramara Dynasty. Only detailed study of the inscription and the machinery can only reveal about its historical aspects. The Paramara Dynasty was an Indian Dynasty that ruled Malwa and surrounding areas in West-Central India between 9th-14th centuries. The dynasty reached its zenith under the rule of Raja Bhoj after whom the city of Bhopal is named. He is considered to be the greatest scholar, king of medieval India.

Raja Bhoj is best known as a patron of arts, literature, and sciences and this machine might also tell about the kinds of life style of people living in that era, he added. Rashid Noor Khan, Environmentalist, says this area is of local interest. The Ghani Kolhu is lying on the Kaliyasot river basin. The inscriptions engraved on the structure is of historical significance but locals have no knowledge about it. They usually describe it as ‘matka’ and children are using it for playing purpose.