MISSING DOMES IN LAHORE MAUSOLEUMS
VARIOUS THEORIES VARIOUS CONCLUSIONS
The issue of a pavilion on top of Jahangeer’s mausoleum remain unsolved to this day. Interestingly we have Inayat Khan Muhammed Tahir Ashana talking in full detail of the dome on the mausoleum of Empress Nur Jahan, and which is available to us in the Zafar nama Shah Jahan, abridged from Shahjahan nama. Interestingly the original Badshah namna also carries the detailed description which we have annexed separately. Missing dome on Jahangeers, missing dome on Nur Jahans. But another issue comes up! Was there a dome on the gateway to the Mausoleum of Jahangeer?
The earliest photograph we have is of 1862-64, and it shows us the Gate in more ways than the one which we see today. But there was a publication in 1285 AH or 1867 AD, and it gives us the same gateway but with a dome on it. We can dismiss both as erroneous but we can research on it., Not being research oriented we are least bothered about things of the past.
But what about the missing inscriptions on the Mausoleum? We are told that to pave the way for the mausoleum to be converted into AITCHISON COLLEGE, most of the inscriptions were removed by the British, or for that matter turned over to their back side. Charles Huegel in is travels note that:
“Two rows of black letters inlaid in white marble, over the entrance, contain the name and titles of the emperor, and in many places, the word Allah is inscribed in Persian and Arabic characters.”
Some people even dismiss that evidence. Fool proof evidence is never there. At one point, we have to jump the scrambled things for a conclusion.