THE UNKNOWN MAZAR OF SUFI MASTER IN LAHORE FORT REVISITED – SOME RAREST PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AROUND FORTY YEARS BACK

THE UNKNOWN MAZAR OF SUFI MASTER IN LAHORE FORT REVISITED
SOME RAREST PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AROUND FORTY YEARS BACK
Grave 1

The legend of the mazar in Lahore fort was strong, and my cousin volunteered to research on it. Photographs were taken at that time but misplaced in a diary for perhaps 40 years. Discovered again just yesterday. Important heritage was rebuilt without any archival record, which is a shame. No one cares for heritage. A quick way of earning money that is all. Greed abounds in governmental organizations.

Grave 2
Grave 3
Grave 4

Ali Hujweri is considered part of Lahore. But Ali Hujweri seems to have escaped historical account, for there is little mention of him in history. Prince Dara Shikoh was a big fan of Hazrat Miyan Meer as well as Baba Lall of Benaras. In his book on the life of saints, he mentions the Dargah of Ali Hujweri and places it inside the Lahore Fort itself. He proudly tells us that he had a brand new SARCOPHAGUS made for his grave, which was of pure white marble, or for that matter even black marble.

Grave 5

Chandarban Brahman, the Munshi of Dara Shikoh tells us an additional thing. He says the Dargah as well as Lahore Fort was under the superintendence of the Hindu administrator Ishwar Dass. He further describes the Dargah of Ali Hujweri in a few words and says:

“Even though there are yearly and monthly impromptu performances throughout the city’s precincts, especially at the tombs and shrines of the giants along the path of esoteric Truth, the Thursday gatherings at the blessed tomb of the knower of mystical stages, Pir Ali Hujweri, creates an especially remarkable commotion. Darwishes and other free spirits, literati, poets, and all manners of people gather there to observe the spectacle of Divine Creation.” Rajeev Kirna’s translation.

Grave 6
Grave 7
Present condition of Mazar

There is a diva metal stand with the grave, simple and looks very old. There seems to be a big black stone on the grave, does not look like a normal sarcophagus, but could be one. Perhaps writing on it.  One does not know anything about it. The green kinari cloth is also old and full of dust. The entrances are sealed even then. Obviously in research, controversy is created with vested interests. We have no part in it. We are just recording documentations. Conclusions are for people not us.

4 thoughts on “THE UNKNOWN MAZAR OF SUFI MASTER IN LAHORE FORT REVISITED – SOME RAREST PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AROUND FORTY YEARS BACK”

  1. The area can be easily scanned with radar as with Egyptian pyramids without
    disturbing anything. In fact Agha Khan have same and already scanned outside of Lahore fort.

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