15 Interesting Facts About Lahore That Indians Should Know
There are an uncountable number of cities in this world. But few of them hold something within themselves that makes them special. And the majestic city of Lahore comes under that category. Its origins can be traced back to the Ramayana period. And other than that, its relevance in Indian history is something which one can’t ignore. And in this article we’ll talk about some of the historical facts related to Lahore that Indians should be aware of.
Facts about Lahore
1. According to folk narratives, Lav or Lava, one of the sons of Lord Ram and Sita, founded the city of Lahore. The city came to be known as Lavapuri, the City of Lav, which eventually became Lahore.
2. It was Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, who moved the Mughal capital to Lahore in 1585. And afterwards, Lahore became Lahore.
3. The Purna Swaraj Resolution of 1929 of the Congress Party under the presidency of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was passed in Lahore.
4. It was in Lahore that the Indian revolutionary, Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, was schooled, exposed to Marxist literature, formed the Naujawan Bharat Sabha in 1926, and died in the Lahore Central Jail in 1931 in the Second Lahore Conspiracy Case.
5. The Pakistani film industry, which is also called Lollywood, with its ‘L’ coming from Lahore.
6. The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru, Guru Arjan Dev, was assassinated in Lahore at the behest of the fourth Mughal Emperor, Jahangir.
7. Lahore was the capital of the Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Sikh Empire.
8. According to oral traditions, Kasur, the city founded by Lav’s twin brother, Kush, is a twin city of Lahore.
9. The city of Lahore would not exist without the blessings of the river Ravi. According to folk tradition, Valmiki composed the Ramayana on the banks of the Ravi.
10. Laxmi Chowk, one of the most important connectors in the city of Lahore.
11. Kartar Singh Sarabha, an Indian revolutionary and a member of the Ghadar party and one of the ideals of Sardar Bhagat Singh, was hanged to death in Lahore in the First Lahore Conspiracy Case.
12. The eleventh-century Sufi scholar Ali Hujwiri, also known as Data Ganj Baksh, or Data Darbar, is the patron saint of Lahore.
13. An Indian civil engineer by the name of Sir Ganga Ram is considered as the father of modern Lahore. Because he oversaw the construction of some of Lahore’s most iconic structures, including the museum, Mayo School of Arts, the post office, the Albert Victor Wing of Lahore’s Mayo Hospital, and the Government College chemical laboratory.
14. Qutb al-din Aibak, the founder of the Mamluk dynasty, also known as the Slave dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate, was buried in Lahore.
15. The Sufi mystic, Mian Mir, was for long considered as Lahore’s patron saint, before the title shifted to Data Sahib during the colonial era. In fact, it’s popularly believed that when Guru Arjan laid the foundation of the Sri Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, he invited Mian Mir to place the first brick.
I hope you like these historical facts about the majestic city of Lahore. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
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