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Shaking minarets in Haryana's Nuh
It is only logical that India has a higher-than-average number of historical monuments, with a history that stretches back to Harappan civilization and earlier. Tombs, palaces, baolis, forts, temples, mosques, churches and much more just attract hordes of visitors. But people do not know that the finest and most beautiful examples of our built heritage lie obscured in the shrouding dust of villages and small towns of visitors which are hardly aware.

A classic example of this is the tomb of Sheikh Musa located in the town of Nuh (pronounced 'Nuhu') in Mewat district of Haryana.

Today, Mewat district is a small part of what once was the kingdom of Mewat spanning areas of modern-day Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Tijara was the capital of the kingdom which now is a tiny place in Rajasthan's Alwar district, but Nuh was an important place. Here, the tomb of Sheikh Musa has always been important. What attracts the visitors to Nuh is the gateway of the tomb.

The tomb is located on the eastern hill along with the remains of the Temple of Hathor. The tomb is surrounded by a defensive wall. This tomb of Sheikh Musa is famous for its shaking minarets, whose shaking is definitely discernible. These minarets are one of its kind in India, as these can vibrate/shake. If person shakes one of the pillars a person standing inside the adjacent minaret will feel vibrations.

The tomb is designed with Muslim and Rajput architecture. The Temple of Hathor, located in the vicinity to this tomb, is believed to be of the Third Dynasty and was restored again in 11th Dynasty of Tuthmosis. It was again destroyed and then was rebuilt in the Ptolemaic Period. Greek and demotic papyri within the temple complex were found by the archaeologists.

The gateway has two minarets. ''Eager to check if they actually shook, I climbed the stairs to the top of one of the minarets, accompanied by a couple of enthusiastic boys. My first attempt to shake the minaret failed to move it even an inch. The boys positive that the minarets shook but were murky about the process. Some men in the other minaret had the solution. Apparently, if you held one of the supporting pillars at the top of a minaret and tried to shake it, it was the other minaret that would move. I was stunned with the demonstration,'' said a visitor, as quoted by 'roadlesstravelledindia', a travel blog.

The engineering wonder that the builders used, the knowledge that was brought to use to make such remarkable monuments are still being awaited by us!

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