Our next destination in the industrial city of Kanpur was the Jajmau.
It is the most important and most visited suburb of Kanpur city and is situated on the banks of the river Ganga, eastern side of the populated city. Jajmau is like an extension of the city which is an industrial suburb that is a centre of leather industries and tanneries. According to some excavations that were executed by the Archaeological Survey of India this suburb may date back to 1300 - 1200 BC.
On our route to the suburb, we got a view of a mosque atop a hill of the suburb. The driver told us that it was an old Jiinatun ki Masjid. On the descends of the hill is a huge compound where one of the oldest family of this suburb lives, with the house named Jalil Saheb ka Haata
on moving further downhill, there is located a well known shrine of Hazrat Makhdoom Shah Ala. This is a tomb of a then famous Sufi saint which was constructed by Feroze Shah Tughlaq in the year 1358. A mosque is also located at this place which was built by Kulich Khan, long back in the year 1679. We were told that many devotees of various religions come to Dargah Sharif to offer prayers seek blessings on Thursdays.
The mound of Jajmau is sought as a significant excavation site not only in the state of Uttar Pradesh but in entire India. The excavations of this mound has revealed many
antiquities that belong to a long span of ancient times ranging from 700 BC to 1600 AD. These items unearthed in the excavations are an important hint to throw light on the time and life of later
Vedic period and time beyond that. Items that are unearthed during excavations are potteries, utensils and busts and many more.
Jajmau has been generously referred in Hindu mythologies also.
Jajmau is today house to the temples of Siddhnath and Siddha Devi and a famous mosque.
Siddhnath Temple | Image Resource : panoramio.com
The place has clear links to our past and must be preserved well to gain the evidenced of our ancient times.