IS THIS DEAD BODY OF A HINDU LADY OF LAHORE? – WIFE OF DEV SAMAJ FOUNDER PANDIT AGNIHOTRI.
DEV SAMAJ, a religious and social reform society, was founded on 16 February 1887 in Lahore by Pandit Shiv Narayan Agnihotri (1850-1929). The story of the Dev Samaj is in essence the story of its founder. Pandit Agnihotri was born in the village of Akbarpur, in Uttar Pradesh, on 20 December 1850. At sixteen he went to Thomson College of Engineering at Roorkee. In November 1873, he moved to Lahore taking a position as drawing master at the Government College.
His first wife died in Lahore. Two photographs of that lady, dead and surrounded by flowers are with us. There are no captions to them but they were with a book on Dev Samaj in our archives. Anybody knowing more can tell us about them. These two are also an important legacy of Lahore. Perhaps not existing anywhere else.