HMDA And Aga Khan Trust To Restore Saidani-Ma Tomb Near Hussain Sagar

Hyderabad, Dec 25 (Maxim News): Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority along with Aga khan Trust will restore Saidani-Ma Tomb near Hussain Sagar in the heart of the city. The tomb of Saidani Ma, the lady Sufi saint, is a state-protected beautiful memorial with stucco decoration and fretwork screens (jaali).

The Special Chief Secretary to Municipal Corporation and Urban Development, Arvind Kumar visited the tomb in the presence of its Mutawalli (custodian) zonal Commissioner, Secunderabad of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), and officials of the state heritage department, recently. The tomb of Saidani-Ma was built in the 1880s by her son Sardar Abdul Haq diler Jung, who was the home secretary of erstwhile Hyderabad State and also served as the director of the Nizam’s State Railways.

The tomb of Saidani-Ma was built in the 1880s by her son Sardar Abdul Haw diler Jung, who was the home secretary of erstwhile Hyderabad State and also served as the director of the Nizam’s State Railways. The tomb has been a victim of neglect for decades and a part of its land has also been encroached upon, there have been demands from heritage activists to save the tomb which has an onion-shaped dome. The tomb has been neglected for decades and a part of its land has also encroached on. There have been demands from heritage activists to save the tomb. While the arches on the upper chamber of the monument reflect Qutb shahi architecture, the ground floor arches are built in the Mughal style. This will be the first heritage structure to be restored by Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Hyderabad outside Qutb Shahi tombs.

Saidani Ma tomb is the latest monument to be added to the list of heritage structures being restored by the Telangana government, headed by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. It may be recalled that the Authorities recently announced that Sardar mahal, Mir Alam Mandi, and Mahaboob chowk Market (Mughi Chowk) will be restored. Officials say that the restoration of monuments and heritage structures will further strengthen the case of Hyderabad for the UNESCO world heritage tag. (Maxim News)


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