Udaipur : Hundreds of residents living in and around Ayad area strongly objected to the Udaipur Municipal Corporation’s move to rename the famous ‘Dhoolkot Choraha’ to Sant Pipaji Choraya. People collected in large numbers when they saw the new name board erected at the choraha. Looking at the protest. MLA GulabChand Kataria himself arrived at the area to pacify the people.
Residents emphasized on retaining the old name DhoolKot which they said is a heritage site related to the famous 4000 years old Ahar civilization and public sentiments are attached to this name. They claimed the UMC authorities didn’t bother to take the public consensus before deciding to rename the choraha which ignited an unrest among people. Rajesh Verma, a resident said Ayad has a glorious history and it was 1951-52 when the Archaelogy and Museums department began the excavation here. It was last in 1960-61, when the department collaborated for horizontal excavation with the Deccan college, Pune.
Many artifacts dating back to 2000 BC were discovered by the archeologists at Ahar including the few old coins found by Colonel James Tod of British regime. Archeological Museum in Ahar is a popular attraction which was made to preserve the excavated items of the ancient period. Some 14 trenches were seen in mound one where several residential structures or housewalls were discovered. Fire places, cooking hearths, semi precious stone beads, earthern pottery of black-red and white ware, copper and iron objects were found here.
Pipaji not locally associated
The protestors said that even though Sant Pipaji is a renowned social reformer and leader of the Bhakti movement, yet isn’t a popular figure for people here. Pipa was the king of Gagaron, in present Jhalawar district. While he was the king, he abdicated and became a sanyasi after accepting Ramanand’s Bhakti movement. Historian Krishna Jugnu however claimed the protest unfortunate and said that Dhoolkot is a common name for sand mounds and there are hundreds of areas in the country with the same name. ” Sant Pipa ji is a revered figure who gave up the luxuries of royal life for the common good and this would have been a mark of respect to keep a choraha on the name of a great king. ” he said.