Photo Blog: The Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore, Pakistan

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The Tomb or Samadhi of Ranjit Singh is a 19th century monument housing the cremation urns of the Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Pic Courtesy: Waqas Afzal by Wikimedia Commons

Located next to the Badshahi Mosque in Iqbal Park and Lahore fort in Lahore, Pakistan, the work of the Samadhi was completed in 1948, nine years after the death of the Sikh ruler.

Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1870s

Pic Courtesy: Columbia University Website. Photo taken by John Edward Saché, 1870’s via Wikimedia Commons

Though the construction of the building was initiated right after the death of Maharaja by his son and heir, Kharak Singh, it was completed only in 1848 by Duleep Singh, the youngest son of the Maharaja.

Tomb of Sikh Ruler Ranjit Singh in 1880s

Samadhi of Ranjit Singh in 1880s. Pic Courtesy British Library via Wikimedia Commons

The Building and the Architecture

The building standing tall in Pakistan today has elements from Hindu, Sikh as well as Islamic architecture. It has glided flutes cupolas and domes, which is decorated with Naga hood designs. The front side of the doorway has images of Hindu God Brahma and Ganesh that are crafted from red sandstone.

Close View of Samadhi of Ranjit Singh. Pic Courtesy: Muhammad Haider Sajjad via Wikimedia Commons


Mausoleum of Ranjit Singh or the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, in Lahore, Pakistan in 2005. Pic Courtesy Ali Imran aka Pale Blue Dot via Wikimedia Commons

The  wooden panels on the ceiling are decorated with glass mosaic work and the walls of the building are decorated richly with floral designs.

The Recent Photos of The Samadhi of Sher-E-Punjab

The Samadhi has been preserved well by the government of Pakistan. The 2005 earthquake damaged the building but it was repaired soon after.

Samadhi of Ranjit Singh.  Pic Courtesy: Abdulrehman129b via Wikimedia Commons
Mausoleum of Ranjit Singh or the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh, in Lahore, Pakistan in July 2005. Pic Courtesy Ali Imran aka Pale Blue Dot via Wikimedia Commons
Night View of Ranjit Singh Samadhi along with Minar e Pakistan by Muhammad Ashar via Wikimedia Commons
Tomb of Ranjit Singh, Lahore. Pic Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut via Wikimedia Common

Sheltered under a marble pavilion originally, the ashes of Maharaja Ranjit Singh are contained in a lotus shaped urn made of marble in the centre of the tomb. Next to his funerary urns, there are smaller urns of 4 queens and 7 concubines who performed sati after his death.

 

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