The Feroz Shah Kotla
: फ़िरोज़ शाह कोटला, Punjabi
: ਫ਼ਿਰੋਜ਼ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਕੋਟਲਾ, Urdu
: فروز شاہ کوٹلا) or Kotla
(Hindi: कोटला, Punjabi: ਕੋਟਲਾ, Urdu: کوٹلا) was originally a fortress built by Sultan Ferozshah Tughlaq
to house his version of Delhi
city called Ferozabad. A pristine polished sandstone pillar from the 3rd century B.C. rises from the palace's crumbling remains, one of many pillars left by the Mauryan
; it was moved from Ambala
and re-erected in its current location in 1356.
The Feroz Shah Kotla was established as a cricket ground in 1883.
In the 21 century, the Feroz Shah Kotla is famed for its cauldron-like atmosphere, which is supposed to be the best in the country. The vociferous home support has led to a great winning sequence for India in Test Matches, and the National Cricket Team has been undefeated for over 20 years at this ground.
Firuz Shah Tughlaq
(r. 1351-88), the Sultan of Delhi
, established the fortified city of Firozabad in 1354, as the new capital of the Delhi Sultanate
on the banks of Yamuna river
, the site of the present Feroze Shah Kotla, literally Kotla
(fortress or citadel) of Firoz Shah. Here he erected the Lat
or Ashoka Column
, attributed to Mauryan
. The 13.1 metres high column, made of polished sandstone and dating from the 3rd Century BC, was brought from Ambala
by Firoz Shah. Here it stands on the... Read More