31 May 2023

Excavation Site At Delhi’s Purana Qila to provide insights into ancient city of Indraprastha, Visitors Will Experience Rich Historical Legacy Of Delhi


New Delhi: Union Minister G Kishan Reddy visited the historic site of Purana Qila in Delhi to inspect the ongoing excavation work on Tuesday.

The site, identified as the ancient city of Indraprastha, has been a subject of archaeological interest for several decades. The excavation has unearthed significant findings, providing insights into Delhi's continuous history spanning over 2500 years.

Highlighting the significance of Purana Qila, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy stated, "This is the only site in Delhi NCR where one can witness the continuous history of Delhi from the Pre-Mauryan to Mughal period through the excavated remains. The findings showcase the rich cultural heritage of our country."

During the Mauryan period, Indraprastha was known as Indapatta in Buddhist literature. The location of Indraprastha is uncertain but Purana Qila in present-day New Delhi is frequently cited.


The Pandavas founded the first city of Delhi and named it Indraprastha. The king of Pandava, Dharmaraj Yudhishthira established Indraprastha in Modern Delhi, as the capital of Pandava Kingdom.


Excavation to provide insights into ancient city of Indraprastha

The ongoing excavation, initiated again in January 2023, aims to establish a complete chronology of the site. Currently, structures from the early Kushana level have been exposed, with a depth of 5.50 meters reached thus far. This excavation is expected to provide further insights into the ancient city of Indraprastha.


Excavation has yielded a remarkable collection of artifacts

The excavation has yielded a remarkable collection of artifacts. Notable findings include a stone image of Vaikuntha Vishnu, a terracotta plaque of Gaja Laxmi, a stone image of Ganesha, seals and sealings, coins, terracotta figurines of humans and animals, beads of various stones, T.C., and a bone needle. These artifacts, along with pottery and other antiquities, offer valuable insights into the ancient civilization and trade activities at the site.


136 coins, 35 seals, sealings discovered

The excavation has revealed a continuous existence of human habitation and activities spanning 2500 years, underscoring the historical importance of Purana Qila. More than 136 coins and 35 seals and sealings have been discovered from a small excavated area, indicating the site's pivotal role as a center for trade activities.

Excavated remains will be preserved

In an announcement made during the visit, Minister of Culture & Tourism and Development of North-East Region, G Kishan Reddy, said, "The excavated remains will be preserved, conserved, and provided with a shed. The site will be showcased as an Open Air Site Museum, allowing visitors to experience the rich historical legacy of Delhi."


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