My Lahore Trip–Emperor Jehangir’s Tomb (part 1)

As-Salam-o Alaykum.

Today, we are heading towards the tomb of the Emperor Jehangir. Jehangir was the son of Akbar, the husband of Mehr-un-Nisa Noor Jehan and the father of Shah Jehan. His tomb and the tombs of his wife and brother-in-law were constructed later. The tomb of his wife was constructed in her life on her own orders, as we have read earlier. The tombs of Jehangir and his brother-in-law were constructed by his son, Shah Jehan, later. The only tomb that is still much beautiful among these three is the tomb of Jehangir. It is very strange to see this difference in his and his wife’s tomb. Might be the reason is that her wife was more indulged in the love of money and material world and Allah has shown us that the more you love money and material world, the more you will not be perished. Let’s move to the pictures.

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It was raining the previous night. What government is doing???

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Below is the back wall of the tomb of Jehangir and his brother-in-law.

You can see the fate of worldly kings and also the services of The Government of Pakistan for its people.

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Below is the main gate of the tombs. Here, you have to buy the ticket for entrance. If we are buying the tickets and giving money for our visits, then why the back wall of the tomb is as in the picture above? Why they don’t repair it or, at least, do anything to prevent further destruction?

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Well, the building in front of the gate is not the tomb but another gate.

 

A little description about Akbari Sarai in the picture below.

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If you have any problem in reading, click these pictures to enlarge.

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These 180 guest rooms are called Akbari Sarai.

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It is the left side of the main gate.

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Above is the small mosque (on the left side of the main gate) with Akbari Sarai on both sides.

Below is the same gate we saw at the entrance. It is in front of the main gate.

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Then, in the mid of the road, we turn right and see another gate.

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This gate is the gate of the tomb of Jehangir. It is right in front of the small mosque. What is the difference between a mosque and a tomb gate? The kings spent a lot of money on them but just a trivial amount on Allah.

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The beautiful gate with the beautiful Mina Kari art of Mughals.

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It is still beautiful. What a detailed work. Simply marvelous!

Most of the buildings had red and white combination with yellow and blue also.

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Now, we can see the perfect symmetry. The tomb is right in center of the gate and the whole tomb is visible in the Mehrab of the gate.

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The design on the gate walls could be seen in the picture below.

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The tomb with water, covered with trees on both sides, in the center and the roads on both sides with gardens next to them.

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Brief details about the tomb of Jahangir.

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If you are having problem in reading, click the pictures to enlarge.

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There are also fountains in the mid of the path to the tomb.

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The minarets and mehrabs are something that could never depart from Muslim art.

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The same designs with same combination of colours.

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These are the two doors that leads to the roof through stairs.

Definitely, there was no lift in that time Open-mouthed smile

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At last, we can see the grave of Jahangir in the center of the picture.

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I can’t recall that whether this white paint was by the Mughals or the ones who came later.

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But, how can Mughals leave their buildings without designing, and especially at the very end of the grave?

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Even it is only the white paint, the building is still left without repairing.

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Whatever it was, the tiles are original and these tiles and the art of such a great fitting has departed us today.

The tiles are more clear in the picture below. These tiles are not available today.

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I heard that this tomb was made by Shah Jehan (son of Jehangir). He is the one who used to spend a lot of money of the buildings of his relatives like the Taj Mahal. Might be, he inherited this lust of material world from his mother Noor Jehan.

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Here comes the most colourful part of the building.

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Can anyone imagine that Jehangir’s tomb is like other historical buildings but the tomb of his wife and brother-in-law are almost destroyed. Isn’t it a lesson (ibrat) from Allah?

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At which part the Mughals had left their buildings without designing? This very small designing in every direction is not like a mess we use to create in our drawings when we fill it a lot. It is filled with a sense of colours and these were really a masterpiece but not more than the colours of the blood of poor. The cries of those poor people could be easily heard if we try to hear it.

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We are very close to the grave of Jehangir but we will not move forward in this episode. It is a burden for readers to see too much pictures in one episode and, definitely, it is burden for me to edit them and organize in a blog post. So, there are two more episodes of the same tomb with not more than 20 pictures each.

So, what do you say about Muslim/Mughal Art, this historical place and the Mughal act of making huge tombs dedicated to their loved ones. Let me know in comments.

One thought on “My Lahore Trip–Emperor Jehangir’s Tomb (part 1)

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