MANY REPAIRS TO BADSHAHI MOSQUE OVER THE AGES
WELDING OF THE PINNACLES OF THE MARBLE DOMES
The Sikhs devastated the Badshahi mosque in all ways. It was a stable as well as an ammunition dump. It was even given as a residence to a European army person with Ranjit Singh. We discuss the various issues all the time. But when repairs to the mosque were under way and the initial repair was done under the Princess of Bhopal.
Those Princesses had won the heart of Hindustan with their conduct. The need was there to repair the golden pinnacles of the mosque. But as the metal was soft, diligent welding was required under the head of copper welding. It was more like TANKAS done to every day utensils. The need to search for a responsible welder in Lahore.
In came Umar Din Lahori. Knowing the responsibility of this job, he did the work in excellent manner. Even today his grand children run the shop outside Urdu Bazaar Chowk speak in a grand manner of their past. The tragedy that instead of being supported over the times, they lost their bigger shop and are now working in a very small space, barely making money to earn a living., This is what happens to honest people in Pakistan, while others rule the roost in arrogance of corruption.