It is very romantic to speak of the twin cities of Lahore and Kasur and link them to perhaps two brothers Loh (actually Lava) and Kasu (actually Kusa), son of the legendary god Ram Chandar of Hindu religion. Certainly Loh is remembered as the son of Ram Chandar, but little is known of a brother Kasu. This Lahore idea was first floated by a Hindu writer Munshi Sujan Rai perhaps in 1691 AD (the amazing fact is that no old manuscript is known, and when it covers 40 years of Aurangzebs reign, all manuscripts have date of death of Aurangzeb too (years later), and the earliest manuscript is dated 1168 AH or 1754 AD and even that has some missing and replaced pages, and even more amazing of the five manuscripts known, not one has his name in it) in Khulasatul Tawareekh, as compared to simple statement of Lahori writer Ahmad Zanjani in Tuhfa Sawaleen in 1043 AD (648 years previous) which ridicules this conjecture. But nowhere was mentioned that his Mandir exist in the Lahore Fort. No mention of same even with Kanhaiya Lal in 1884, and up to the best of my knowledge it was Judge Muhammed Latif in 1892 AD, who narrated the existence of Mandir, and speaks of it being in a deep hollow which is descended by wooden stairs. Or rather ladder if you call it. Not very clear really. Made to mention but no image in his book.
A startling narration is done by Munshi Muhammed Din Fauq in his book Aed i Mughlia Lahore published in 1927. He says that the Hindu lobby represented by Sanatan Dharm Yudal Saba communicated (for some period) with the British authorities in Lahore and as a result of their pressure the Superintendent Archaeology accompanied them to a supposed site of the Mandir. The Sanatan Dharm members were present when they visited the site on 11th December, 1923. Nothing was visible. Digging was proposed. It was found that under two feet of a debris a gumband could be seen and the area was ordered to be cleared and the surface floor reached, which was on level with the ground of Hazuri Bagh. But the startling find on 13th December, was different in all ways. Remains of a GIANT of a person were discovered in it. It was a person much larger than the present generation. Fingers of the hands were discovered which were so large as to be unbelievable. Very sharp teeth were discovered there too. It was the grave of a giant. Sanatan Dharm people were of the view that the bones were of Loh, son of Ram. The Archaeology department could only say that these were Pre-Bhuddist era bones. But what about the architecture of the structure itself.
It was certainly not a prehistoric structure and nor one could call it a Neanderthal grave. It was a combination of Sikh and British architecture for the various bricks used were of Sikh and British period. The Dome was naturally a poor fluted melon dome of the late Sikh period.It was so small in structure with a circular window on opposite end that it actually looked merely like a small well. The depth of the inside was not comprehended, and the inside floor was closed too. No one could enter it nor lit anything over it. No lingam there. It had no match with any Mandir in the world. But it was asserted as Mandir of Loh, thousands of years old. The structure was not even 150 years of age. Everybody wanted to jump to their own conclusions. The pressure of international lobby of Sanatan Dharm, founded by Bhadashi Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago in 1881, was very evidently there. The Hindu lobby was asserting itself.
A little nearby on the same line is the famous MAZAR OF NAU GUZZA LAHORE. It is certainly that the British after the war of independence of 1857, restructured the whole place. The whole area witnessed breaking of walls and making of new walls for security of British troops. A gate of Lahore Fort which came in and housed the commiserate godown closed for ever. In fact the whole wall was broken and made again. Excavations point out Mughal structures even below the surface of Loh Mandir. Very recently a wall came out with a continuous mihrab design of red in white background and pointed out past structures as this was a kind of arena. Or perhaps the Bagh of Nau-guzza. Nobody thought of linking this site with the grave of the Nau guzza. There was a bagh here in which this so called mandir (looks more like a water well, gurki water disposal, or a corner minar for a guard) stood on one end and the other other end is the Mazar of Nau guzza (now outside the Fort walls). It can all be related so easily in reality by even any nincompoop. Here we have accomplished persons making guesses and claims outrageous.
Where did the bones go? Perhaps preserved by the Archaeology department. Perhaps taken by Sanatan Dharm people. No one knows. A look at the newspaper of those times may reveal a lot of things. The Mazar of Nau-guzza has changed over the times too. Only a small portion is left by now. It blocked the road leading to Pani da talab. And there was a trough of water for the horses built by the municipal corporation. We have written a complete book on the Nau-guzzas for the first time ever. The details are fantastic. An iconic image recovered from the depths of Lahore all the time point out the giants, and with a familiar head dress on its head, it surely has Arabic and Egyptian background. Jewish and Islamic history recalled here. Genesis points out the expulsion of giants from the holy land, from where they fled to other areas in the East. But this is a blog only. More research will come eventually!
SECRET LOBBIES HAUNT ANYONE WITH LOVE FOR PAKISTAN
SEASONAL INFO GATHERERS SURROUND US ALL THE TIME
At what time do you feel disgusted? You have a legacy of Love for Pakistan, an endless belief in the Ideology of Pakistan, you do not spare the archaic Mullah nor the bigoted Secular, you thrive on the Iqballian dream, you have an impeccable record of love for Pakistan, and you make a bullshit out of those who can even try to shift your views in any way. You are Pakistan personified, and you defend your country in all ways.
Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan got invitations from USA and USSR. He neglected USSR and opted for USA. A magnificent man ended up losing his life in a conspiracy. M.A. Rahman Chughtai got an invitation in the early years of Pakistan from USA and USSR. He chose none, but Pakistan. But he was open to all. Friends to all, enemies of none. Keeping his views Intact. And yet there were iconic poets, who could shift their views in the blink of an eye. They were made godfather offers, which they could not refuse. Faces receive mask of real ‘lanats’ when they sell their souls.
Keeping the ‘string’ of the link with Allah intact at all times is the key to survival, and knowing that the Law of Mukufat will eventually work in the end. Info-gatherers work on the belief that there are always skeletons in the cup board and the same can be used to blackmail people. I remember the story of a French Ambassador in USSR who was filmed in a James Bond way, for compliance, and flew straight to General De Gaulle and told him everything, not giving a f**k for those exploiting him. This is disgusting and yes, we feel disgusted too. But so what? We love Pakistan, and Pakistan will triumph in all ways. Wait and see!
THE RAVAGES OF WAR ENGENDER THE REALIZATION FOR PEACE
ISLAMIC ARTS HAVE IDEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND TO STOP CHAOS
SOOTHING THE TIRED NERVES OF HUMANKIND FOR HARMONY
The principles of Allah made life in extremes. Absolute good as well as absolute evil. The granting of freedom of choice for humankind was to conquer evil and generate goodness all over the world. Obviously the task was never easy but Allah promised to test each individual according to his capacity. No more, no less. One of the instruments to conquer negative thoughts was culture itself. The belief that man is harassed in life and when man comes near culture, it should soothe his over tired body and soul and makes him a finer person.
Islamic culture is composed of facets to minimize chaotic feelings in human beings. Our Quran Hakeem starts with the gateway of “Al-hamd-o-lilah”, and it is an appreciation of the proportionate life that Allah has created, and it goes on to say that we are expected to follow that path, which leads us to “Siraat-ul-mustaqeem”. The proportionate perfect life of existence. It is aesthetics which helps us to balance things in life. Everything in Islamic culture takes us towards peace, and Islam means peace itself.
Take music for instance. Sometimes back the frequency of music was changed, and it was music to excite us with foolish sounds meaning nothing. The noble sentiments of songs were replaced by banter, chaotic noises, and sexual innuendoes. Intermixed with pelvic thrusts, the whole meaning of music was lost, as well as the sentiments of love and compassion. Even today, old songs, where ever the same may be from, are so soothing to listen in appreciation. The same carry no subliminal messages or threats. Glorification of human feelings.
Islamic Art and Architecture have same role to play in our life. It has tranquilizing effect on us. The Art of M.A. Rahman Chughtai is about peace too. It is there to calm and soothe us, and make us better human beings. There is no gimmicks here of any kind, just pure line and poignant colour to refresh us. Chughtai art is synonymous with peace. It is tranquility personified in all ways. Visitors access Chughtai art and feel so much at peace. It engenders the finest in us. These narratives of every day a doomsday and hopelessness are satanic in nature. Live your life. Lahori says we are a city of zinda dalans.