|Sher Garhi, the Maharja's Palace,Srinagar,Kashmir. Indiatimes.com|
The former rulers of Kashmir, in particular, the Maharajahs (Dogra Clan) used this palace as administrative headquarters of their kingdom as well as their residence. On account of a fire mishap in the past, the treasures in the palace were severely damaged. Still referred to as Old Secretariat, since the accident, new buildings had been added to accommodate more departments and employees of the state government. The buildings in this palace complex bring out the best of Dogra culture and civilization native to this region. The buildings built in quadrangular plan are made entirely of stone with wooden door, windows, ceilings and roofs. The architecture is a blend of English and Kashmiri style.
During Bakshi Ghulam Ahmad' period major shifting of government departments took place. In April 2015 under the administration of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, a decision was taken to restore Sher Garhi Palace as part of his program to conserve heritage sites and buildings. After restoration, there is a proposal to use part of the palace complex for administrative purposes and, it is likely, some state government departments may move back to Sher
|Sher Garhi,Srinagar, Kashmir, europeana.eu|
Garhi. Of particular interest is the Darbar Hall which is similar to the House of Commons in England.
For any Indian state, undertaking conservation and restoration of heritage building and sites is a significant step in the right direction as it helps create a connectivity between the present generation with their cultural, historical and political past. The past events can not be ignored for their relevance to the present. In this regard, Sher Garhi palace still represents the legacy of Dogra Dynasty.