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National monument tag for 1,000-year-old lake in Mehrauli, Delhi

Recently, a 1,000-year-old lake located in Mehrauli, Delhi has been directed to be declared a national monument.

It is believed that Anang Tal Lake, located in the South District of Delhi, can be declared a National Monument. This lake was built by Tomar King Anangpal II.

Anang Tal is located north-west of the Qutb complex, north of Jog Maya Temple. It was constructed in 1,060 AD.

According to historical documents, Alauddin Khilji used the water of this lake for the construction of Alai Minar and expansion of Qutb-ul-Islam Mosque.

Anangpal II:

  • He was famous as Anangpal Tomar. He was of Tomar dynasty.
  • He ruled parts of present-day Delhi and Haryana between the 8th and 12th centuries.
  • He was instrumental in settling Indraprastha and giving it its present name Delhi.
  • He made Dilikapuri (Delhi) the capital of the Tomar dynasty.
  • The capital of the Tomar dynasty was Anangpur (near Faridabad) during the reign of Anangpal I (founder of the Tomar dynasty).
  • Lal Kot and Anang Tal were built by Anangpal II.
  • Prithviraj Chauhan was his successor. Anang Pal is known as the maternal grandfather of Prithviraj Chavan. Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by the army of Muhammad Ghori in the battle of Tarain.

National Monument Tag

National monuments are such ancient monuments and all archaeological sites and antiquities which have been declared as of national importance by:

  • Under sections 3 and 4 of The Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological. Sites and Remains (Declaration of National Importance) Act, 1951;
  • under section 126 of the States Reorganization Act, 1956; either
  • Through notification in the Official Gazette by the Central Government.

Source – The Hindu

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