“Persian epigraphs of Vidarbha cast new light on the medieval history of this region. They add many pieces of information which are not written in the chronicles of history” told Dr G S Khwaja, Former Director of Epigraphy Branch, Archaeological Survey of India, Nagpur, in a lecture organised by Vidarbha Sanshodhan Mandal, at their premises on W H Road, the other day.
Dr Khwaja was delivering a lecture, supported by PPT presentation, highlighting the Persian epigraphs coming from various places in Vidarbha. He stressed that this region is rich in Persian records. He further elaborated that Berar region has yielded more Persian inscription than the rest in Vidarbha. Out of 300 Persian records nearly 80 come from Achalpur, in Amravati district, only.
Other places yielding important inscriptions are Akola, Balapur, Narnala, Karanja and Panchgawhan in Akola district. These are epigraphs of Bahmanis, Nizamshahi Sultanate, Mughal Emperors, Asafjahi Nawwabs of Hyderabad, Nawwabs of Ellichpur (Achalpur so spelled then) and Bhoslas of Nagpur.
He stressed that alongwith the ASI aware members of public should come forward to protect this heritage, as mad urbanisation is gulping these authentic sources of history.
Shri Shirish Deshmukh was the convenor of this lecture on behalf of VSM.