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Forgotten Milestone, Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Forgotten Milestone

Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

A milestone is a series off numbered markers placed along the road at intervals of one mile. the miles of the milestones in India have long been replaced by kilometers.

The concept of milestones, or distance markers, was probably introduced by Sher Shah in the 16th century. He built distance markers, which were known as Kos Minars, along the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road).

Sher Shah’s Kos Minar recorded the distance in Kos, which was roughly equal to 2 miles or 3.2 kilometers.

Milestone, Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Milestone, Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Later the British introduced the concept of milestone, where distances were recorded in miles. After the Britishers left Indians adopted kilometer as the distance unit, but the name milestone remained.

The milestone with miles have long vanished from the Indian roadside and have been replaced with concrete blocks with distances written in kilometers.

A few of the British Milestones must have survived and it was in Paparia, Madhya Pradesh(MP), I chanced upon one such milestone.

The milestone looks more like a miniature temple and has inscriptions on three side. The inscription is on arched marble plaques.

Located at a tri-junction and next to the MPTDC Tourist Lodge in Piparia, the mile stone has inscriptions on three of the four faces. The inscriptions are on arched marbele plaques and record distance in miles and heights in feats.

Milestone Plaques, Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Milestone Plaques, Piparia, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

One face shows the distance of Pachmarhi (32 miles) and Chindwara (83 mile) from Piparia. The second side records the distance of Sandia (12 mile) Jubbulpur (Jabalpur) (112 mile), Sohagpur (14 mile) and Hosangabad (45 mile).

The third side contains information about the heights of Piparia (1103 ft), Singanama (1430 ft) and Pachmarhi (3505 ft).

The fourth side has some information is in Hindi and is painted with black paints, most of which has peeled away. The information was added much later and probably was part of a restoration effort.

It gives dates of the constructions of the the roads and railways. It says Pachmarihi Sadak (Road) 1870, Piparia Rail 8.3.1870, Mail Path (probably mail train) 8.12.1870, Pachmarhi ki koj (probably, search for Pachmarhi) 1862. Sadly the name of the organization, who have put up this information has peeled off.

More over there is no date of construction of this forgotten milestone, but the mile stone have survived the test of time and still be seen on the Piparia road side. Travellers travelling between Jabalpur and Panchmarhi, can spend a few more minutes to have a look at the forgotten milestone.

  1. Archana Kapoor
    July 29, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    lovely, dada… your post brought back so many memories… Piparia is very close to my hometown🙂 Cheers🙂

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      Thanks Archan, it would be great if you could dig out some more info about the milestone.

  2. July 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Never heard of kosh minars before. Thanks for such an informative post!

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Thank you Aniruddha da, for your constant inspiration.

  3. July 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Very nice of you to highlight these. Once when i was travelling between Agra and Fathepur Sikri saw some mini pillar like structures. On inquiring i came to know from the locals that those were laid by the Mughals (Jahingir era) as a distance marker.known as Kos Minar. These are really significant and needs to be highlighted as a part of our heritage. You have done a wonderful job and thanks again for sharing.

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      Yes Subhadip, kos minars were introduced by Sher Shah and was later constructed by the Mughal rulers also. The entire region around Delhi has several Kos Minars.

      Delhi bloggers, like Vikramjit Rooprai and Sahil Ahuja, has several posts on these Kos Minars.

  4. samar mukherjee
    July 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Great work dada… can u give some info about the great wall made to stop salt smuggling..between peshawar to bengal… i think most ppl in India dont about that fact…

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      Dear Samar, I have no idea about the wall erected to stop salt smuggling, can you provide some details.

      This can be a very interesting subject for my blog.

  5. July 29, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing

    Ami @ http://thrillingtravel.blogspot.in/

  6. July 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    This is a very interesting find Rangan. A very good quality write up. Kos minars are presently under the ASI, which is somewhat a relief.

    • July 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      Thanks Amitabha, I am not sure if ASI have taken up all the Kos Minar, but majority of them are under ASI.

  7. dNambiar
    July 30, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Nice to know about this milestone and about milestones in general. Interesting post.

  8. August 12, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    That’s a wonderful share about the milestones aka kos minars … History ..

    • August 14, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Thanks Kokila, I do have plans for a separate blog post on Kos Minars.

  9. December 31, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    very nice blog, its really good known about this type of history…

  10. October 15, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    In a way, it is good that it has been forgotten, as that might be why it still remains. Fascinating, Rangan, and historically valuable.

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