KOS MINAR



KOS MINAR (Distance Marker Pillar)

Kos Minar literally means a tower marking the distance of a kos. It was a medieval equivalent of a modern milestone. Such structures served as beacons for caravans. Explaining the purpose of the kos-minars, The medieval historian Arif Qandhari writes that travelling to and fro goes on day and night and these minars guide them travellers from losing their way or getting off the route. Also with the help of these minars, the travellers could compute the distance they had traversed. Distance marking pillars were built in India as early as the Maurya period. In 1619, Jahangir ordered Baqir Khan, the faujdar of Multan that a post be set up ever kos from Agra to Lahore to show the distance…. A large number of these kos-minars are extant to-date, partly due to the fact that these were repaired by the inhabitants from time to time, as an act of public welfare. As actually measured between some sets of these minars between Agra and Delhi, one kos is equal to 4.17 kilometres.  

 

Kos Minar

at Bus stand, Sultanpur Lodi, Kapurthala

Kos Minar

Between Mahlian Kalan and Nakodar, Jalandhar

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar) at Bus stand, Sultanpur Lodi, Kapurthala (Punjab)

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar) Between Mahlian Kalan and Nakodar,  Jalandhar, (Punjab)

 

Kos Minar

Near Sarai Amanat Khan, Tarn Taran

Kos Minar

Near Sarai Lashkar Khan, Kot Panech, Ludhiana

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar) near Sarai Amanat Khan, Sarai Amanat Khan, Tarn Taran  (Punjab)

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar)near Sarai Lashkar Khan, Kot Panech, Ludhiana, (Pujab)

 

Kos Minar at Indo-Pak border, Raja Taal , Tarn Taran

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar at Indo-Pak border), Raja Taal , Tarn Taran ( Punjab)

 

Kos Minar along with Dakhani Sarai (rest house) Mahlian Kalan, Jalandhar

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar) along with Dakhani Sarai (rest house) Mahlian Kalan, Jalandhar (Punjab)

 

Kos Minar Bharowal, Tarn Taran

Kos Minar (distance marker pillar) Bharowal, Tarn Taran (Punjab)