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Siri - In Search of Lost Cities of Delhi

Updated on January 2, 2013

Photos of Siri - Second City of Delhi

Mohhamadwali Mosque
Mohhamadwali Mosque
Crumbling Fortifications of Siri Fort
Crumbling Fortifications of Siri Fort

In Search of Seven Cities of Delhi - Siri

This Sunday, I decided to explore the heritage of Delhi. A lot of cities have flourished, decayed and disappeared in Delhi including the legendary Indraprastha built by Pandavas in Mahabharata. My search for lost cities of Delhi led me to Siri, the second of the seven cities of Delhi regonized by the local government and ASI.

The foundation of the City of Siri was led by Alaudin Khilji to protect its denizens from ruthless and rampaging Mongol raiders. Siri was the first Islamic city entirely built in by Muslim ruler in India. The once mighty city has now almost faded away from the landscape of Delhi and only a few remains lie scattered aroun stretch from Khelgaon Marg to AUgust Kranti Road in South Delhi.

If you are really interested in Delhi's history and architecture I'd advise you to make a trip to this historical city of Delhi before it vanishes entirely and I wonder how immense the loss would be in terms of history and heritage of Delhi.

According to the legend of Ala-ud-din’s war exploits, the name Siri given to the Fort was because the foundation of the fort was built on the severed heads (‘Sir’ in Hindi means “head”) of about 8,000 Mongol soldiers killed in the war.
According to the legend of Ala-ud-din’s war exploits, the name Siri given to the Fort was because the foundation of the fort was built on the severed heads (‘Sir’ in Hindi means “head”) of about 8,000 Mongol soldiers killed in the war.
Nothing is as Powerful as Time. Once the fortification of SIri Fort witheld the rampaging Mongols but ravages of time it couldn't.
Nothing is as Powerful as Time. Once the fortification of SIri Fort witheld the rampaging Mongols but ravages of time it couldn't.
Its no Stonehedge. A Protective Structures built for a cenotaph at Khirki Village near tomb of Shaikh Yusuf Qattal which would have been of some important personage;a scholar or tutor may be
Its no Stonehedge. A Protective Structures built for a cenotaph at Khirki Village near tomb of Shaikh Yusuf Qattal which would have been of some important personage;a scholar or tutor may be
Birds at Siri; Photography Near Siri, one of the seven capitals of Delhi.
Birds at Siri; Photography Near Siri, one of the seven capitals of Delhi.
Khirki Masjid is perhaps the most forgotton, overlooked, neglected, dirty, smelly yet impressive Protected Monuments of India.
Khirki Masjid is perhaps the most forgotton, overlooked, neglected, dirty, smelly yet impressive Protected Monuments of India.
Mohamadwali Mosque is the only standing Structure near Siri Fort Stadium except for crumbling Walls of Siri
Mohamadwali Mosque is the only standing Structure near Siri Fort Stadium except for crumbling Walls of Siri
Column of Arches inside Khirki Mosque
Column of Arches inside Khirki Mosque
Mohamadwali Mosque is the only standing Structure near Siri Fort Stadium except for crumbling Walls of Siri
Mohamadwali Mosque is the only standing Structure near Siri Fort Stadium except for crumbling Walls of Siri
Mohhamadwali Mosque
Mohhamadwali Mosque
Shaikh Yusuf Qattal was a disciple of Qazi Jalauddin of Lahore. He performed religious devotion at Satpula and died in the year A.H. 933.
Shaikh Yusuf Qattal was a disciple of Qazi Jalauddin of Lahore. He performed religious devotion at Satpula and died in the year A.H. 933.
About 300m northwest of the Khirkee village is the small but attractive tomb of Shaikh Yusuf Qattal, a disciple of Qazi Jalal-ud-din of Lahore.
About 300m northwest of the Khirkee village is the small but attractive tomb of Shaikh Yusuf Qattal, a disciple of Qazi Jalal-ud-din of Lahore.
My Faveorite Photograph of the Morning visit to SIri Fort
My Faveorite Photograph of the Morning visit to SIri Fort

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      Nikhil Chandra 4 years ago from New Delhi

      It is to the left (a massive iron gate sometimes locked if its early morning) to the entrance of Siri Fort Auditorium, August Krant Marg.

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      isha 4 years ago

      how do you get to the siri fort mosque which is pictured here?