I recently found out that there are two 14th century historical structures, the Khirki Masjid and the Satpula, standing desolate, looked over by the glitz of these sprawling and swanky Saket community centre malls. Most of us are not aware of the existence of these and those who are have never been motivated to patronise.
This Sunday morning, I had a brief engagement in Saket and therefore I decided to take a closer look at both these structures situated in Khirki village almost on the main Press Enclave Marg. Although Khirki Masjid is almost 50 metres away from the main road, one can catch a glimpse of the structure from the narrow by-lane that leads to it. It is said to have been built during the Feroz Shah Tuglaq’s reign by one of his prominent wazir Khan-e-Jahan. Most of the historical places from the medieval era that we see in good shape are said to be from the Mughal times. Anything that is said to have been built before that has suffered destruction in the past itself. While the inside structures had been plundered by the then invading forces, what is left for us to see today are barren sites and some walled forms.