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Feroz Shah Kotla a popular recreational point in Delhi

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Feroz Shah Kotla: Also known as Kushak-i-Ferozshah, it is a popular recreational point. It contains the remnants of the sprawling city set up by Emperor Feroz Shah Tughlaq. Bounded by a 30-feet high wall, the citadel of the historic city of Ferozabad was built in AD1354. Everything is in ruins except for the following: A massive stone inscription of the days of Emperor Ashoka embedded in masonry, a mosque and a baoli (pool). Among the ruins are the Wazir’s house near the northern wall, the Zamana Mahal (Palace for Ladies) and the Diwan-i-Khas. The 36-feet 8 inches-long Ashokan pillar is located on the first floor of the remains of a large building on the eastern corner of Feroz Shah Kotla. It weighs almost 27 maunds. There are seven royal proclamations in Pali and Brahmi scripts – both offshoots of the Sanskrit language on the pillar. Emperor Feroz Shah Tughluk had this pillar brought here from Topra village in the present-day Ambala district of Punjab in AD 1356. Emperor Ashoka had such inscriptions having royal proclamations placed across his wide-spread empire for the knowledge of his subjects.

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