Delhi, March 22: Dara Shikoh Library is one of the most prominent Mughal-era libraries which is soon going to get a facelift under the Adopt a Heritage project of the government.
Believed to be the successor to the throne, Dara Shikoh was the eldest and the favourite son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Dara Shikoh, likewise his father, had a great interest in architecture following which, he had built a mansion near Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate and this had Dara Shikoh library. This was a personal library of the prince.
Most people believe that the library was used for multiple purposes during the Mughal period, but when Dara Shikoh was assassinated by his stepbrother Aurangzeb during the throne battle, the library completely lost its importance.
However today the library is on the verge of dying. This library is set inside the Ambedkar University campus as it was later converted into a museum by the Archeological Survey of India.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is looking further to restore the heritage property aiming which, they have signed MoU with various government agencies under their tourism ministry, the Ministry of Culture and the Government of NCT of Delhi for the maintenance of the library.
This is the 28th MoU signed by the Ministry of Tourism under the scheme ever since it has been introduced three years ago. The Monument Mitras will be making a plan to initiate the development, operations and maintenance of the building under this MoU. The ministries will be taking care of the amenities like cleanliness, garbage bins, toilets, drinking water, galleries, and directional signage.