THE SPHINX OF LAHORE
Mysteries of Lahore deepen day by day
The prejudice against Lahore, somehow or the other, is ages deep. Why? Of course for many reasons which have changed with time. But the last few centuries saw a neglect of Lahore, which became more and more acute. The abundance of knowledge of Lahore was always there but vested interests tried to suppress it all the time. The attitude towards Lahore was different in Sikh times, different in British times, and different in Pakistani period. Hindu lobbies were allergic to give to Lahore the place of the cultured city of the region. The culture of Lahore was phenomenal and swept all Indo-Pakistani region. Our reference to Lahore again and again, was first started by M.A. Rahman Chughtai, the Muslim Master of Modern Civilization. His brother Dr Abdullah Chaghatai took the position of promoting Lahore in his own way. We here at Chughtai Museum projected our own interest in talking of Lahore as Lahoris can do.
Anna Suvorova writes that ‘Laur Laaur ay’ or ‘Lahore is Lahore’, and recounts the legend of the traveler who went for his Haj to Mecca.
This in the words of Carl Ernst goes like this:
“AS THE STORY GOES, AN INHABITANT OF LAHORE WENT TO MECCA ON PILGRIMAGE, AND ACCOMPLISHED THE USUAL RITUALS WITH GREAT SATISFACTION AND DELIGHT. ON COMPLETING THE PILGRIMAGE, HE ADDRESSED THE AL-MIGHTY IN PRAYER, SAYING “GOD! YOUR CITY IS INDEED WONDERFUL AND I AM VERY HAPPY TO HAVE VISITED BUT, IN THE END, LAHORE IS LAHORE’. THIS FRANK AND PERHAPS A SELF-SATISFIED COMMENT, OSTENSIBLY DELIVERED BY AN UNSOPHISTICATED PUNJABI, STATES AN HONEST TRUTH: LAHORE IS THE REAL CENTER OF THE CULTURAL UNIVERSE FOR ITS DEVOTEES.”
This is obviously that Lahorites did not confuse culture with religion. But knew that Islam generated a culture for them.
M.A. Rahman Chughtai, whenever he did sign his paintings, always signed as ‘Abdur Rahman Chughtai Lahore’. There was a need to collect documentation of Lahore and we started a program of archives on Lahore. In the years the collection has mounted and mounted, and except for the restraint of financing, we have not stopped this process ever. Hundreds of manuscripts written in Lahore or written by Lahori writers, paintings of Lahore, artifacts of Lahore, and whatever we could find, here and there. An unknown tapped source was the artifacts which had come from the earth of Lahore itself. Neglected by our people in command, lying here and there, we collected them, not that there was a dearth in our own collection. When we look at this material, one thing is certain, people hardly know about Lahore.
The fascination of modern writers to dump Lahore in the lap of RAMA AND HIS TWO SONS LOH AND KASU IS A FARCE CREATED BY A HINDU WRITER SUBHAN RAI BATALAVI AROUND 1692 AD, AND PROMOTED OUT OF DEPTH BY WRITERS TO THIS DAY. Obsessed to prove that Lahore is a Hindu city, when there is not even one evidence of Lahore as a Hindu city, dating more than 200 years. No temples, no palaces, nothing. Obviously the remains of Lahore prove its Ghaznavid ancestry, although even that is doubted by some crazy writers, like Mir Syed Bokhari.It is our contention that Lahore was founded by the GIANTS OF PALESTINE or the NAU-GUZZAS of the region. A research study on LANGA THE NAU-GUZZA OF LAHORE (Founder of Lahore has been published and can be got from us by writing to us. There is good evidence that this Nau-guzza fled Syria, Palestine area, after David had exterminated Goliath. These giants brought the JEWISH culture to the area and established a market here as a poultry farm and they called it MANDKUKAR or the Market for Chicken. It may be remembered that the term ‘KUKAR’ is not a term for the ethnic KHOKHARS but a term for poultry itself. The Nau-guzza selected the area as it was on the river side and there was a small hill to the same and a jungle to hunt for themselves. Worshiped as gods in the area for their height and strength, and deft practices, they established Lahore as Lahore. Artifacts are being discovered which link Lahore to the Jewish culture and we are writing about it. These same Giants who embraced JUDAISM , then embraced ISLAM, AND THERE WAS A CONTINUITY OF CULTURE HERE. The caves of CHILAS itself prove the entry of these people to the region with its own carvings. And there is so much to research on this aspect of Lahore.
The latest discovery is a SPHINX OF LAHORE. We know that Sphinx is there in Egyptian culture all the time as the greatest sphinx of history is still there to delight the world in its astronomical mysteries. But the Sphinx was also a symbol of Islamic Culture. And we have a wonderful study of these Islamic Sphinxes in the book published by Ebba Koch on the subject.
Suffice that we present the FIRST IMAGERY of the SPHINX OF LAHORE. Enjoy it! That is all we ask of you.