By Fatima Shaheen Niazi
Ever entered a space and had interesting songs run through your head? Well, we feel the same about some of the most astounding heritage sites in Lahore. Whether it’s the Mughal architecture or the old vibes these spaces give off – we can’t help but associate them with certain Punjabi songs.
Here’s our list…
The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is one of the greatest monuments of Lahore. Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671, it remains to be the largest mosque of the Mughal-era, with high minarets at each corner and a beautiful interior.
Since the mosque is so exquisite, its often used for wedding shoots, while celebrities like Urwa Hocane and Farhan Saeed even held their Nikah there. The mosque being the favourite photography spot of every bride in Lahore is what makes us link this building to the song ‘Chitta Kukad’.
The tomb of Nur Jahan was built for the twentieth and last wife of the Mughal emperor Jehangir. The Mughal Queen Nur Jahan is considered by historians as one of the most influential and powerful wives of the emperor and is said to have been granted several honours and privileges. Hence, it’s not a surprise a tomb was built for her.
The influence of the royal Nur Jahan reminds us of the impact of the queen of melody, Malika-e-Tarannum, Noor Jehan also left on our nation. The famous Pakistani playback singer and actress created numerous memorable hits and the track the Mughal tomb reminds us most of is ‘Sanu Nehar Wale Pul Te’.
The Tomb of Anarkali is a Mughal monument built in the 16th century and is considered to be one of the earliest Mughal tombs in existence. The catacomb is said to be built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his lover Anarkali – a concubine. According to legend, the two were caught by Emperor Akbar and in his rage, he ordered Anarkali to be buried alive in a wall. When Jehangir ascended the throne, he ordered the construction of a tomb over this very site.
Due to the romance and tragedy behind the legend of this building, we can’t help but link it to the romantic track ‘Boohey Barian’.
The Wazir Khan Mosque is a structure built in the 17th century and it was commissioned during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is also considered to be one of the most ornately decorated Mughal-era mosques with tiles that have intricate patterns.
If you visit the mosque today, you will spot tons of people praying there, hence, the architectural wonder reminds us of the track ‘Chambe De Booti’.
The Shalimar Gardens in Lahore, is a garden complex that dates back to the time of the Mughal Empire. The purpose behind the creation of the garden was to produce a space which reflects the idea of ‘utopia’. Construction of the grounds began in 1641 during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan, and was completed in 1642.
Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is also one of the most well-known dating spots in Lahore. Therefore, to us, it represents the famous wedding song ‘Lathe De Chaadar’.