Lahore: The Punjab Provincial Archaeological Department has begun work on the restoration of assorted components of the allegedly haunted fort Sheikhupura.
A monument to the Mughal and Sikh eras, the fort is closed to vacationers. The locals have instructed many tales concerning the fort and the ruins of the mansions right here, however archaeologists contemplate these tales to be fictitious.
Sheikhupura Fort is situated 36 km northwest of Lahore, is a protected monument and is beneath the executive management of the Punjab Government's Archaeological Department.
The fort was constructed by Emperor Jahangir in 1607. It was used as a residence through the royal visits to Kashmir and Kabul. Some mansions have been added to the fort through the Sikh interval.
According to historic paperwork, the fort was used as the executive headquarters of Gujranwala district from 1849 to 1851 through the British Raj.
The fort was generally used as a navy publish when the district headquarters moved to Gujranwala district. When Sheikhupura was made a separate district in 1918, the fort continued for use as a police headquarters. After the partition in 1947, it was used as a refuge for refugees from the Indian Punjab, and in 1964, it was declared a protected monument. This historic heritage is beneath the care of archeology.
Apart from the higher ornament of the doorway to the fort, no Mughal-style structure will be seen now. Although uncared for, the one constructing within the compound up to now is Rani Naika's mansion. The most outstanding facet of this mansion is its ornament.
Rani Naika was the spouse of Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the mom of Kharak Singh. When Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered this fort and handed it over to his son Kharak Singh, Rani Naika stayed right here until the final day of her life. When energy fell to the British within the mid-nineteenth century, the fort of Sheikhupura was used to deal with Rani Jindan, the final queen of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and mom of Maharaja Dilip Singh.
The mansion's treasured picket doorways, home windows, and components of the roof are actually lacking, and the mansion appears to be like like a haunted home.
The inside of the ruins' rooms, although inhabited by bats, But you may nonetheless see Congress type work on the inside partitions. This ornamental art work of Rani Naika's mansion depicts all points of human life from worship to feelings.
Due to the desolation and ruins of the fort, many tales associated to it are well-known. Majid Ali, a neighborhood resident of Sheikhupura, stated that he had heard from his elders that demons lived on this fort. The spirits of the queen and her princesses who lived on this fort and mansion nonetheless roam right here right this moment.
Another elder, Ibadat Ali, confirmed these tales, saying that nobody dares to go to the fort at evening due to worry and dread, stated to be one of many few well-known locations in Pakistan. It can be Sheikhupura Fort.
On the opposite hand, the previous director of archeology, Fazal Khan, stated that every one the tales concerning the fort being haunted are fictitious, related tales are additionally identified about many components of the royal fort in Lahore, he stated that he believes within the existence of giants. Yes, they will dwell anyplace however there is no such thing as a fact within the speak of demons, ghosts and ghosts.
The present director of Punjab Archeology, Malik Maqsood, stated that as a result of dilapidated situation of the fort, the entry of bizarre residents is closed right here. It is just not a haunted place. But after the approval of the 18th Amendment, when the Department of Archeology was transferred from the federation to the provinces, the plan to revive the fort by the United States additionally got here to an finish.
However, in 2017, the Punjab authorities accepted a plan to rehabilitate the remaining a part of the fort, put together paperwork, and defend it from floods and rainwater. Rs. four.5 million was allotted for this. Work is underway right here beneath this undertaking. Funds of Rs. 10 million have been allotted for the monetary yr 2012-13. In the primary section, the design and documentation will probably be accomplished, after which the restoration work will start.
Qasr Shahi is considerably protected against the results of centuries of scorching chilly winds, earthquakes, and catastrophes. Beautiful and engraved footage will be seen on the partitions. The calligraphy of poems in Persian language on them could be very pleasing to the center. The thoughts is shocked to see these delicate and delicate impressions on the partitions. The distinction is just not seen