The Purana Qila is the internal fort of ancient Dina-Panahah, situated on the bank of Yamuna river in New Delhi. This fort was built by Sher Shah Suri in his reign between 1538 and 1545. Besides being the oldest in all the forts of Delhi, it is also the oldest in all the structures of Delhi and it is situated in a place called Indraprastha which was a famous city. The fort has three major gates and it has huge walls. Inside this there is a mosque in which there are two colored octagonal pillars. The fort was the inner citadel of the city of Din Panah during Humayun’s rule who renovated it in 1533 and completed five years later.
According to Hindu literature, this fort is situated in Indraprastha. But it was the great capital of Pandavas. While it was built by the Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri, who had seized Delhi’s throne from Mughal emperor Humayun. It is said that Mughal emperor Humayun died accidentally due to falling below one of this fort. During the partition of India, the period of August 1947, the old fort was closest to Humayun’s tomb, which became the site of refuge camps for Muslims from New Pakistan. All these persons had more than 12,000 government employees, who were elected to serve Pakistan and 150,000 to 200,000 Muslim refugees who remained in the old fort till September 1947, when the Indian government took the management of two camps. The old fort camp remained functionally functioning till the beginning of 1948.
|Address||Indraprastha Purna Qila, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India|
|Build By||Sher Shah Suri|
|Nearest Metro Station||Pragati Maidan|
|Visiting Hours||Sunrise to Sunset (Open all days)|