Tomb of Jahangir



It is famous for its interior parts which are decorated with marble and frescoes. And its exterior end decorated with pietura dura. This mausoleum is currently listed as a world heritage site. This tomb is inspired by Persian style architecture. Which was introduced by the Mur jahan in the Mughal court. The shrine was kept as a takhtgah. There is no dome in Jahangir’s tomb as his explicitly forbade the construction of dome. In keeping with the Sunni religious tradition, Jahangir forbade the construction of domes on his tomb. Its roof is simple and which later became prominent in the Taj Mahal. The exterior of the shrine is covered with red sandstone with marble carvings. Its size is 22ft tall with single story arcade lining four sides structures. From the top of building four ornate minarets emerge from each corner of the building which are decorated with geometric inlaid stones. The minarest are divided into three parts. The foundation is with tomb. The height of minarets is 100ft. There is octagonal chamber in the middle of the shrine and carved with marble. The interior of the tomb is covered with white marble and the 99 names of Allah are an important theme in Islamic mysticism. There are also vast gardens around the tomb. The garden is separated by four pairs and there are water channels to divide the garden into two parts. Water for the fountains were supplied from the outside well. From there water flows into the fountains through pipes. There is also a small mosque at the gate of shrine. Babar has fulfilled his wish to be buried under the open sky. And its foot it is written in Persian recording that is “illuminating grave of his majesty.” The area was greatly affected by the mausoleum. Earlier it was used as a resting place but later it became very popular due to this tomb. Today this mausoleum is of special importance to Pakistanis. This is one of the most popular attractions in Lahore. The picture of this tomb is visible on 1000 rupee note.


The tomb was built in 17th century for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1637. It is located in Shahdara bagh in Lahore along with the Ravi River. This area was also known as for its frequent pleasure garden. The foundation of Dilkush garden was founded in 1557. The emperor died on 28th October 1627 in the foothills of Kashmir near town of Rajauri. And he was buried in Dilkush garden in Lahore that was the favourite place of Jahangir and his wife Nur jahan. So his son ordered that a shrine to be built here. It took 10 years to build and the cost Rs 10 lakh. Later Ranjit Singh desecrated the shrine. Shahdara monuments suffered damage under British rule. And a railway line was built between the tombs, which was later repaired by the British in 1890 to 1899. It was later damaged during the floods.

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