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Gujjar heritage crumbles nationwide appeal for restorations
Jammu, January 06 (Scoop News) –Expressing strong concerned over crumbling condition of various world class architectures include buildings, forts, sculptures , temples, and other Arts built by Gurjar-Pratihara rulers in north-western states of India during 6th to 11th centaury AD--the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation- a frontal organization of Gujjars in Jammu and Kashmir today issued a countrywide appeal to community for joint efforts to restore the pristine glory of all historic monuments related to their tribe.

Dr. Javaid Rahi Secretary Tribal Foundation while speaking in an interaction programme on ‘Gujjar History’, held here, stated that hundreds of prestigious monuments of Gujjar period are dying a slow death, and facing a great threat of extinction. He appealed the community members, social organizations, trusts, and NGO’s to join hands together to restore the old memorials of their ancestors . The royal memorabilia of Gujjar’s era are located in Rajasthan, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Himachal Pardesh, Delhi , Haryana and adjoining state and are portraying vibrant and liveliness picture of the tribe.

Quoting history of India , Dr. Rahi said that the Gurjara-Pratihara kings (6th to 11th AD) were great builders of India. This dynasty had built a numbers of Forts, Building , Temples which are presently at the verge of extinction. He said notable sculptures of this period includes temples standing at Osian, Abhaneri ,Kotah, and most charming sculptures Sursundari of Gwalior of the Gurjara-Pratihara Art , are in shamble. The Viswaroopa form of Vishnu and Marriage of Shiva and Parvati from Kannau are deteriorating need immidaite restoration, said Dr, Rahi.

“The Foundation had written a letter to Union Minister of Culture to declare the main Forts, Temples, Coins and other Arts built by Gurjara-Pratihara kings as “Protected Monuments of India” said and added that we have also sent a list of most threaten monuments of Gujjar Period to Government of India with an appeal for immediate steps for their restorations.

We also wrote to Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhiya Pardesh, Gujrat and other states with a plea to start restoration of all Historic building of Gujjar period but he asked that a community initiative is also required to rebuilt some of the historic buildings which are going to extinct during next couple of years.

He asked the community members to help our organization in identifying more such under threat monuments built by Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty of medieval India so that the issue of their restoration would be taken up with government of India or other relevant agencies .
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