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Mubarakh Mandi, A Lost Architectural beauty.


The palace was the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra Dynasty. It was their main seat till 1925 when maharadja Hari Singh moved to the Hari Niwas Palace in the northern part of Jammu. The palace is located in the heart of the old walled city of Jammu and overlooks the Tawi river.


I have seen the beauty of this place in my childhood..had spent time there with my friends and cousins…heard a lot of stories from elders. But today when I go to this place…heart sinks..its in ruins now. There comes the heavy Govt. funding for preservation and conservation of this palace but where it goes..God knows. Except the Dogra Art Gallery, rest of the palace is falling into pieces. Palace has a potential to get developed as a heritage circuit ..it has the beautiful view of Tawi river with that old royal charm. I wish Govt would pay some heed to this palace soon…





Approved in the year 2006, the restoration and preservation of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex by Archeological Survey of India, State Archaeological and Culture Departments is hanging fire for so many years. There is hardly any sign of the three agencies taking their assignment seriously despite the creation of a Heritage Society. The Central Government sanctioned more than 84 crore rupees for the project but so far not more than 12 crore rupees could be spent. The result is that cost escalation has not been included in the budget and further release of funds by the Government of India is almost uncertain.


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