Lahore History Tour – Installment #14

This is the last one in the series about Jahangir’s Quadrangle and it culminates with two of the most important features of Jahangir’s Quadrangle, the central pool and the Bari Khawabgah (Jahangir’s sleeping chamber). For the next few posts, I am planning to move on to Shah Jehan’s Quadrangle. However, I would also like to ask the readers if there is anything specific they would like me to write about. And also, is this history tour being beneficial to any of the readers or am I just using up blog space.

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The central pool in Jahangir’s Quadrangle with a number of fountains and a marble platform. It was filled up by the British to make a tennis court.

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Three of the sides of Jahangir’s Quadrangle have been built in the typical Akbari style, while the fourth style is Jahangir’s contribution. Traditionally, it is represented as his khwabgah (room of dreams) or sleeping room.

8 Comments so far

  1. Rafi Faisal (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    Salaam bhai,
    You are doing a great job by posting these historical excerpts.
    Please continue your good job as especially outside born young Pakistani learn a lot about our cultural and historical herritage.
    I don’t know the exact name but could you write something about the building near Data Darbar in Dharampura. I have been there and I remember Abdul Qadir used to host his net sessions there.


  2. Raza (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

    Salaam Rafi bhai,

    I am glad that my posts about history of Lahore are indeed helping young Pakistanis like you. That gives me the motivation to try to do more to help. I will certainly try to find information about the building you mentioned but could you clarify it a bit more for me. Data Darbar is not near Dharampura though, there is Mian Mir’s Mizaar (mausoleum) near Dharampura…maybe you are talking about that. There is a building on that road to the cantonement that as kids we used to think was Abdul Qadir’s house (maybe it was because I think I saw him out there once maybe 15-16 years ago).


  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 1:03 am

    Who’s Abdul Qadir btw??


  4. Rafi Faisal (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 2:07 am

    yes you are right. I meant Mian Mir. There is a building near there. Also an cycle fixing shop is there which is owned by the youth coach of Amir Sohail. That is what they told me…


  5. Raza (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 3:33 am

    Come’on Hasan, I think you must be joking…I am sure you know who Abdul Qadir is!!! The Googly master…the man who single handedly revolutionized spin bowling in cricket. I believe he used to live (or still lives) in the Mian Mir area, near the ganda nala that you pass by on way to the army barracks before you hit the fortress stadium.


  6. Raza (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    @ Rafi – I will try to find out more about the area. I don’t know which specific building you are talking about though. I can post info about Mian Mir Mazaar but if its not a historical building I will have difficulty finding info about it.


  7. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 4th, 2006 @ 5:08 am

    oh, Abdul Qadir the cricketer. Yes, I knew about him. Thanks for hinting.


  8. Raza (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 6:51 am

    Rafi – I finally figured out what building that you were talking about in your comment there. The one where Abdul Qadir used to hold net sessions…the place is commonly referred to as Mian Mir Baradari or more correctly Nadira Begum’s Tomb. She was the wife of Dara Sheikoh, older brother of Aurangzeb, whom he had killed after claming Mughal thorne. I will write some more about it some day.



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