HIDDEN MONUMENTS AND PRE-MUGHAL DOMES
SOME LAHORI SITES OUT OF SIGHT OF PEOPLE:
HUGH DOMES OF UNKNOWN PRE-MUGHAL TIMES.
Memories are short. People out live them. They forget them. Things known become unknown over a period of time. Their nomenclature changes. New legends are woven on unknown objects. But actual objects survive and can be studied on their own merit. There are a number of monuments in Lahore with a question mark over them.
No sane person believes in miracles. An incident has to be reconciled with our intelligence. Miracles woven around Sufis and Faqeers are not for us to understand, believe, or relate in any way. We leave that to the imagination of people to believe in whatever they want to believe in. History requires documentation not old people’s tales.
It is said that construction in Ghazanavid times was based on bricks joined with mud (not choona mortar), that is why hardly anything of that period remains. What remains is some doors of Ghazanavid Seljuk period. Some are in the Victoria and Albert Museum. (taken from Lahore itself during a rainy flood here), some in the Lahore Museum and a rare one with Chughtai Museum, taken from the vicinity of Machi Hata in Lahore. Figurines of the Sultanate period are discovered in Lahore. Even some lamps with kufi writing on them. Dr Abdullah Chaghatai saw a mosque of Ghazanavid period when there was some digging in Rang Mahal Lahore. Some manuscripts also do exist in the world.
But what about buildings? We study some of them. The first one to notice is the newly made mausoleum of PIR HANJARWAL. Residents tell a story; facts tell other things. A journalist writes:
Moving further on the Multan Road, one comes across Hanjarwal, just after the factory of Waves appliances. This notorious village is now known for its political violence. It is dominated by the Khokhars, and one often hears of murderers and dacoits from this village. The village is said to have been established around the time of Emperor Jahangir, as the shrine of the person who founded the village, Peer Hanjar, provides those dates. However, when we visited the shrine with an architect friend, he surmised that the original structure of the building has architectural features from the 14th century. The elders gathered here told us that there used to be a caravanserai here, next to which there was a baoli. It is also said that an old wooden door is also preserved here.
The stories about MUSA AHANGAR are more numerous. It is a mausoleum with a history extending back to Lodhi period. Died in Akbar’s time. Also buried here is the beautiful Hindu woman who converted to Islam and was enamoured with the Sheikh.The tomb of Hasu Telli is recalled too. A manuscript in verse written by Surat Singh son of Dhuni Chand from 1055 AH, 1645 AD to 1057 AH, 1647 AD in praise of his saint is entitled TAZHKIRA HASU TELI. Hasu Teli was a wheat seller in Lahore in a shop in Chowk Jhaunda inside Lohari Gate, Lahore. He used to weigh the wheat in a dishonest way and after becoming a disciple of Shah Jamal Lahori left his corrupt ways. He stopped selling wheat and embarked on a career of selling oil. To this day a lamp is lighted in his shop by well-wishers. His tomb is also in Lahore and described in detail by Judge Muhammed Lateef in his history of Lahore. Surat Singh became a revenue official in Lahore and became a disciple of Hasu Teli and used to contribute to the welfare of his saint’s burial place. Stories attached to Baba Guru Nanak are also mentioned here. Credit to this discovery goes to Aligarh University’s Dr Razavi.
SIPAHSALAR ALI GOHAR is reputed to be a General of the Ghaznavids. but there is much confusion about him. In any case he is buried in the village of Mahmudabad, founded by Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi. No one has bothered to study this ancient mausoleum.
A wave of novice workers is churning out videos and writings with access to no solid source or evidence. These are contributing to further falsification of our already falsified history. No one to check same. Commercial feasibility out doing truth.