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Something about 13 gates of Lahore

On the north side are:-

The Raushnai Gate, or the "gate of light". This is between the royal mosque and the citadels. Being the principal entrance from the fort to the city, it was most frequented by the Omerahs, courtiers, royal servants, and retinues; and as the quarters about here were profusely lighted up at night, it was called the "gate of light" , or, "gate of splendor"
The Kashmiri Gate, so called because it faces the direction of Kashmir.
The Masti Gate, the name is the corruption of "Masjidi," the pertaining to a mosque. The mosque of Mariam Makani, mother of Akber, is in its immediate vicinity. Hence its name.
The Khizri Gate. As already noted, the river in former times flowed by the city walls, and the ferry was near this spot. The gate was, therefore, named Khizri, after the name of Khizr Elias, the patron saint, according to the Muhammadan belief, of running waters and streams, and the discoverer of the water of immortality. Ranjit Singh kept here two domesticated lions in a cage, and the gate came to be called "Sheranwala" or the " lions' gate". People now call it by both names, the " Khizri" and the "Sheranwalla" gateway.

On the east side are:-

The Yakki Gate. The original name was "Zaki," that being the name of a martyr saint, who, according to tradition, fell fighting against the Moghal infidels from the north, while gallantly defending his city. His head was cut off at the gate, but the trunk continued fighting for some time, and at last fell in a quarter of the city close by. One tomb of this champion was consequently built at the spot where the head had fallen, and another at the place where the trunk lay. Both are revered by the faithful to this clay.
The Delhi Gate, so called from its opening on to the high road from Lahore to Delhi.
The Akbari Gate, named after Muhammad Jala-ud-din Akbar, who rebuilt the town and citadel. Close to this gate the Emperor also founded a market, which, after his name, is called "Akbari Mandi".

On the south side are :-

The Mochi Gate. The name is the corruption of Moti, a pearl. It was called so after the name of Moti Ram, an officer of Akbar, who resided here at that time.
The Shah 'Almi Gate, named after Mohomed Mo'azzam Shah 'Alam Bahadur Shah (the son and successor of Aurangzeb), a mild and munificent Emperor, who died at Lahore on the 28th February 1712.
The Lahori Gate, called also the Lohari gate. The gate was named after the city of Lahore. It is said that when Malik Ayaz rebuilt the town, in the time of Mahmud, the quarter of the city first populated was about this gate, which, together with the Lahori Mandi, or the Lahore market, was named after the city.
The Mori Gate is the smallest of the gateway, and as its name implies, was in old times used as an outlet for the refuse and sweepings of the city.

On the west side are:-

The Bhatti Gate, named after the Bhatis, an ancient Rajput tribe who inhabited these quarters in old times.
The Taxali Gate, so called from the Taxal, or royal mint, having been in its neighborhood during the period of the Muhammadan Emperors.

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  • travelnurse21's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2005 at 2:28 AM

    Lahore sounds incredible! Thanks for visiting my page :)

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    Apr 18, 2005 at 6:46 PM

    We enjoyed your Lahore pages... A unique place to visit. Safe travels from other travelling Canadians!

  • yeah_baby's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 9:38 PM

    INCREDIBLE architectures and wonderful photos-thanks for sharing the tips!

  • pothalion's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2004 at 11:42 AM

    Very beautiful constructions. Arabian architecture is amazing!

  • KonstantinII's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 2:10 AM

    Nice photos. And some trafic you've got there ;o)

  • Vintom's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2003 at 3:50 PM

    A nice insight into Lahore from someone who knows it well, these pages of tips can only get better.

  • Nov 1, 2003 at 11:51 AM

    I have very nice memories from my visit to Lahore...

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2003 at 10:27 PM

    Lahore looks like such an interesting place! My father in-law was born here! I hope to visit someday! You've got a great page here!


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