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A master piece of engineering lies unnoticed at Mughal Gardens of Pinjore
One of the most visited places near Chandigarh is the Mughal Gardens of Pinjore. Tourists and visitors are attracted towards legendary Pinjore Gardens because of its beauty and extraordinary layout plan. As a matter of fact, Mughal Gardens Pinjore is one of the loveliest and oldest gardens in North India.

THESE GARDENS have been laid down on seven traces which descend gradually in a planned and meticulous manner. At the entry, the main gate opens into the highest terrace. As you proceed you happen to see the terraces going gradually down with a great feeling of being close to the nature.  The architectural splendor is indeed a feast for the eyes.

History of Pinjore dates back to Mahabharata times. When Pandavas went into 12 years of exile they came upon this place earlier known as Panchpurra. They stayed at this lovely place for some time till they recovered their reign. It is also said that later on the Pandavas passed through this area and finally climbed Himalayas before they disappeared into oblivion.

How many of us know that there lies a master piece of Automobile Engine in the premises of Pinjore Gardens? I have seen the tourists and the visitors just passing through this engineering work without even noticing it properly. Let me share with my readers that this engine reflects the past history of automobile & agricultural industry of England. It is the reminiscence of Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies of England, who were the pioneers in manufacturing agricultural implements initially. The company was founded in 1789 with H.Q. at Ipswich England.

Ransomes Jeffries, Sims was a major British agricultural machinery maker. This company produced wide range of products like ploughs, lawn movers, trolley buses and a variety of harvesters. It is said that they also manufactured aeroplanes during the First World War.

I tried to get the details about this marvelous piece and the reminiscence of the past from the officials and administrator of the garden but not much information was provided. After getting the help from some mechanical and automobile engineers from my known circle I was informed that the said engine could be a portable engine used for agricultural engineering. But whatever the case may be this master piece of engineering work and art connects us with the past.  At Pinjore Garden it is indeed a fusion of British Engineering and the Mughal Architecture.

(In the initial publishing of this story it was incorrectly reported that Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies had become defunct in 1998. In fact, the company was purchased by the US conglomerate, Textron Inc., and renamed Ransomes Jacobsen after it was merged with another of their businesses, Jacobsen, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the US.)

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