Monday, 23 January 2012

Baradari of Maharaja Sher Singh in Lahore in a shambles





The Baradari of Maharaja Sher Singh, the son of legendary Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, located at Sher Shah Road in Lahore (Pakistan) is in a dilapidated condition. The authorities concerned in Pakistan have miserably failed to take appropriate steps to restore it, said a local historian Surinder Kochhar.

The Baradari is now a dumping ground; his samadhi as a dargah. Toilets have been constructed adjoining the walls of the heritage structure.

Kochhar in a press statement issued here today said about three months ago a Lahore waste management company turned this heritage building into a dumping ground. The issue was taken up before the Pakistan government. The government was urged to preserve the structure and shift the dumping ground elsewhere. However, no step has been taken by them in this direction, he said.

Kochhar urged the Indian government to take up the issue with their Pakistani counterparts. He said the Pakistan government is planning to construct a hostel for the doctors and nurses of Kot Khawaja Sayyad District Headquarter Hospital there.

Maharaja Sher Singh was murdered and cremated at the Baradari in September 1843. His wife Dharam Kaur constructed a samadhi at this Baradari, which adorns beautiful wall paintings of ten Sikh masters

Adjoining to this building are the samadhis of Tikk Partap Singh, Rani Partap Kaur and Rani Dharam Kaur. A major portion of Maharaja Sher Singh samadhi was also destroyed during the Babri Mosque demolition

Local historian Surinder Kochhar claims three months ago a Lahore waste management company turned this heritage building into a dumping ground.

Tribune News Service, Amritsar, January 23


See previous story: Maharaja Sher Singh's baradari in Lahore becomes 'waste dump'.

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