Ok so isn’t it strange that not many Lahorees actually know how their city came into being and where did word Lahore come from? I asked a few friends the same question and only one of them could come up the answer.

According to Legends Lahore or Lohawarana was founded by two sons of Lord Rama Chandra about 4000 years ago. One of them was Loh (called Luv or Lava in Sanskrit) and most historians agree that Lahore was named after him. Kush, Rama?s second son, also founded the town of Kasu (present day Kasur). Ptolemy’s “Geographia”, written about AD I50, refers to it as “Labokla” and locates it with reference to the Indus, the Ravi, the Jhelum and the Chenab rivers. Some of the other old names are Laha-war, Laha-noor, Loh-pur, Mahmood-pur, Labokla, Samandpal Nagiri, Lohar-pur. There is enough historical evidence to prove that the city is atleast 2,000 years old. Hieun-tasng, the famous Chinese pilgrim has given a vivid description of Lahore city which he visited (on his way to Jalandhar) in the early parts of the seventh century A.D. He describes it as a large Brahmanical’ city.

However, there are a few unanswered questions like why did Lav/kush built a city so far from Ayodhya (if Rama was ever born at Ayodhya as extremist Hindu groups claim) considering that we are talking about thousands of years back? And if they did build these cities who rules Ayodhya after Rama? Makes me wonder if only I had a time machine :o).

There is a temple in Lahore Fort dedicated to Loh. The temple is located near the Alamgiri gate where the old jails of the Fort used to be. In Ziaul Haq?s regime the temple was completely closed as the dungeons were being used by the police. It was opened for public later on.

1 Comment so far

  1. ZH (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 5:16 am

    I must have visted Lahore Fort atleast 10 times but never noticed any temple there. Thanks, I will check it out next time.

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