IN SEARCH OF SHAH RAUSHAN BRIDGE
ANOTHER MISSING MONUMENT OF LAHORE
Can we place its whereabouts?
Dr Muhmmed Baqir discovered a unique manuscript of Lahore. It recounted travelogue of a Lahorite on his way to find a job in Delhi. It happened in the times of Bahadur Shah, more commonly known as Shah Alam One.
The traveller Abdur Rasool in the MS NARANG ZAMAN……… mentions two points in Lahore, one Masti Gate and the other the Shah Raushan phul (bridge). He comes out of Lahore through Masti Gate and crosses the bridge in his travelogue.
In 1707 we must realize that the river flowed outside the walls of Lahore. Aurangzebi Bund had been built and the new diversion made. Even in our lifetime we saw the river Ravi as well as BUDA DARYA. An old painting of Lahore shows us some thing of this bridge. We also have a fallen bridge near Ferozewalla telling us the nature of this bridge.
Who was Shah Raushan? If this bridge was near the Masti Gate, it means that it was nearby. Obviously the bridge must have been pulled down by the British when the Badami Bagh Railway Station was made (separate blog). Dara Shikoh tells us that Ali Hujveri was buried in the corner of the Lahore Fort and a secret grave still exists there. Can we believe that the Shah Raushan bridge is no more than a bridge going to the Mazar of Ali Hujveri Data Darbar which was there at that time. See our blog on the subject.