Restoration of Hakim’s tombs nears completion in Hyderabad

The parapet minarets of the tomb to the west have been placed as per original design, after painstaking work by master craftsmen from Rajasthan.

By Author  |  Published: 15th May 2018  12:35 am
Qutb Shahi Tombs
The ceiling medallion of a hakim’s tomb at Qutb Shahi Heritage Park being restored with lime plaster.

Hyderabad: The restoration of the tombs of Hakim’s at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, which began recently, with the work of intricate craftsmanship on the west tomb, is almost nearing its end.

On Monday, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) project manager Yoshowant Purohit told Telangana Today that the parapet minarets of the tomb to the west have been placed as per original design, after painstaking work by master craftsmen from Rajasthan. Restoration work on the mausoleums of the Hakim and Commander has been taken up with sponsorship from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany based in Chennai.

It was reported earlier in these columns that the work here will include intricate restoration of the ceiling medallion inside of the tomb, only a small portion of which was available for inspection.

Ceiling medallion restored

“After tracing the original design, we cleaned out the cement layer and restored the inner ceiling medallion with several patterns, exactly as per the evidence found. There were ribs on the medallion just as on the outer ceiling of the tomb. The distemper on the battlements has also been removed and they are being restored, both inside and outside of the tomb,” he said.

All of the 16 parapet minarets on the tomb have been restored based on in situ evidence, as only three of them were found at the site, while the remaining were missing or thoroughly damaged, Purohit added.

The same work of restoring the inner ceiling medallion and parapet minarets is now being carried out on the other Hakim’s tomb. A copper finial was earlier installed on the tomb on the west, and during restoration work, the engineers found that the finial on the tomb on the east had a wooden log for support, which was completely damaged.

Steel support

“We have replaced that wood piece with a new stainless steel support for the finial. The steel beam will help keep the finial in place when there are strong gusts of wind,” explained Purohit.

Cement layers from the second tomb (east) have been removed and the holes found, up to one metre deep, filled. By the end of June, the two mausoleums of the Hakims would be ready, Purohit said, adding that the restoration work on the tomb of the Commander has also started.