Bhilowal a village in district Amritsar is 30 km North West from Amritsar (24 km from Lahore) once enjoyed some important power status. The crumbling historical building tell a tell of its glorious past. There are historical references as well of its being a power centre. There is a reference to it of the battle that was fought between the Mughals and Sikhs under Banda Bahadur in the early 18th century. The place does find a mention in Bhai Kahn Singh's Mahan Kosh as well. There is an inscription available which is clearly legible.
This village has produced many a luminaries. Presently a promising politician Om Parkash Soni MLA and ex- Mayor of Amritsar belongs to this historic village. I am told Ishar Das Mehta IAS is from this village while the names of erstwhile 18-19th century Jagirdaars and vassals are a subject of research.
This is an another example how the archeological treasure of Punjab is being neglected.
|According Rai Sahib Mehta these are Smadhs of Bhagwan Das and Mathura Das
Too much growth of wild plants prevented me to see the structure closely
Bauli the stairs well
|The inscription tell us that this orchid and baoli ie stare-well have been constructed by Jaswant Rai s/o Kaul Das Soni village Bhilowal in the year Samvat 41. Unfortunately century has not been written as a result of which we are left with no alternative than to assess its age. Most probably this could be 1841 bikrami which means 1794. Incidentally we have evidence how Bhilowal was at its glory in the close of 18th century.
|Estimated 18th century building in ruins
A Bhilowal house in ruins