As-Salam-o Alaykum dear friends.
Now, we are on our last episode of ‘My Lahore Trip’. Today, we are continuing our tour to Emperor Jehangir’s Tomb. We have already given the description of King Jehangir and his tomb in our last episode. You can read it from there. But just briefing it, he was the son of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and the father of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan who ordered to build Taj Mahal. The tomb of Noor Jehan was built on her orders in her own life but the tombs of Jehangir and Asif Khan were built later, on the orders of Shah Jehan. No one can deny that Shah Jehan spent a lot of money on the constructions of tombs of his relatives. From where did all that money and labour came? It was the money of the poor people and the blood of the poor people could be found between the bricks of these tombs.
It took me more than a year to complete 9 episodes after going to the trip. I went to Lahore on 27th and started the tour on the same day. Next day, I was finished with my planned tour. I could have finished the very first day if I had planned it before leaving for Lahore, as you would have learnt in the first episode that it was a sudden plan. However, I didn’t had any plan to upload these pictures. I don’t remember that whether it was the blog for which I started editing these pictures or it were the pictures that reminded me to put them on this blog when I was editing them. On 3rd November I started this series and posted the next three episodes very soon on 12th, 16th and 23rd. Then, the next five episodes (including this one) took a lot time. The reason was the load shedding and other works I started during that time. Other times, when neither of these reasons existed, I didn’t liked to post or edit the pictures. Whenever I had a mood of posting, the episode was there within one or two days. Now, we should leave all of these things and move to the trip.
Tombstone of Jehangir’s grave. It is called ‘taweez’ in Urdu.
On one side of the taviz, 3rd last verse of Surah al-Hashr of Qur’an is engraved.
On the other side, the name of Nur-ud-Din Jehangir is engraved with his Hijri year of death.
I think the light in this picture, above, is not fine. I’ll try to correct it. If I’ll correct it, I’ll post it, later.
This is the window from where, I guess, the first ray of the sun enters at the start of the day.
Well, this is the main gate from where we entered. Isn’t it? Or, is it a window? The doors are open and there is a lot of light outside. This couldn’t be a window. However, there is also a window, there, from where the last ray of the sun departs. It is opposite to the previous window.
The lantern, in the picture above, is electric and could never be there in the time of Shah Jehan. Although the building is damaged a little bit but the beauty could still be seen in it. However, this money and these tombs can never save anyone from the account of their deeds.
The tombstone is beautifully engraved with 99 names of Allah on both sides and Ayat al-Kursi on top.
And here, we were taking last pictures with the Fatiha for the dead King. Whatever he has done is his life and however his son built this tomb was his life. Our life do not have any concern with it but only to learn lessons from it. Our duty is to pray for the King so Allah may forgive him his wrong deeds. It doesn’t costs money to pray.
What was the whole Mughal era other than the Art?
These were the guest rooms with the tomb. Definitely, this would be only for royal guests.
Now, these are used as store rooms.
These were not like store rooms in the beginning. This could be easily guessed from the picture below.
Now, we’ve to go back.
I think I have mentioned earlier that these tiles might not be available nowadays. If they are available, they’d not be in Pakistan as these were never made in Pakistan. These were made in the present India when Pakistan and India was one country with two nations. There are rare chances that these kind of tiles would still be available in India.
These tiles are called AASMANI PATHTHAR
A last look at the tomb of Jehangir.
This portion is the tomb of Asif Khan who was brother-in-law of Emperor Jehangir.
The picture above was the place where the judges used to sit, after the Jumma prayer, to solve the matters of people. It was bombed by a canon by the British.
The entrance to the grave of Asif Khan. The place was ruined in the Sikh Rule.
The doors of the tomb was heavily worked with Mina Kari.
The art still survived. This picture above is from front side and the picture below is from the back side.
The same thing but in a more destroyed form.
The fate of these people is nothing more than this. The Sikh ruler even took the tiles of this tomb.
The tombstone was beautifully engraved with 99 names of Allah and verses from Holy Qur’an.
However beautiful it was, it is not more than a ruin today.
As usual, the Mughal Mina Kari is also found on roof and walls.
The backside of the tomb. Once it was a very beautiful garden.
That is the back door that remains closed now.
The colour scheme of Jehangir’s tomb was red and white while the colour scheme of Asif Khan’s tomb is yellow and brown.
In the picture below, there is a small mosque. There was also a small mosque at the beginning of these tombs. That was in the center of the first entrance. At the left side was the small red mosque (there we offered the prayer that day) and on right side was the red gate. After passing the red gate, there was a huge garden with Jehangir’s red tomb at the end. And there was also a mosque (Badshahi mosque) near Shahi Qila. Mughals had at least one mosque near their buildings. However, the area and money spent on those mosque is almost negligible in front of the area and money spent on other buildings.
In the picture below, we can see another gate, that is neither the front gate nor the back gate.
And here, we are having just a last look. We also prayed for the soul of Asif Khan when we visited his grave. The idea for Fatiha was same that is explained at least two times, previously. I request my readers to pray for Emperor Jehangir, Empress Noor Jehan and daughter, burried with her, and her brother, Asif Khan.
I posted in this blog almost each and every picture. There were some good pictures, some bad pictures and (might be) some excellent pictures. I will try my best to choose good pictures but I need your help in this matter. Please write the number of the picture in each post in comments.
At last, we have to see the flood again. I don’t know whether government is responsible or people but I am sure that the leaders are just an image of people. If today our leaders think wrong, we are responsible for it. It was we who shaped our society in such a way that today our leaders think like that. If today our leaders think wrong, that means we also have same thoughts. Our leaders are wrong because they got a chance and we are good because we didn’t got any chance. The day we will get the chance to sit on the chair of authority, we will also start showing our real face. So, instead of saying bad to the rulers, we should try to correct ourselves and should pray for better today before praying for better tomorrow.
At the end, I am reminding you again to help me in choosing the pictures so I can post another blog post or might be a pdf file of best pictures of the trip. I’ll be waiting for your comments.