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Nadira Begum’s tomb – faded glory of Lahore

Saad Sarfraz Shiekh’s excellent article and photos

The tomb of Nadira Begum...

The tomb of Nadira Begum…

Finding Nadira Begum’s Tomb isn’t hard since its right next to Sufi Saint Hazrat Mian Mir’s shrine.

Nadira Saleem Banu was the wife of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh, the ill-fated heir to Shah Jahan’s throne and the crown prince of his Indian empire.

She died in 1659, several months before Dara Shikoh execution, and was survived by two daughters. No sons survived thanks to Aurangzeb Alamgir, who got rid of all male threats.

Stories of Nadira Banu’s beauty and intelligence were famous throughout the empire. She was the daughter of Shah Jahan’s half-brother, Prince Perwez, and therefore Dara Shikoh’s cousin.

Her would-be husband Dara Shikoh was eager to marry her and had a good relationship with her throughout his turbulent life. He never remarried, in spite of the common Mughal practice of persistent polygamy and overflowing harems. Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal, Dara’s mother, arranged the marriage when both Dara and Nadira were teenagers.

Dara Shikoh’s sister Jahanara Begum got along with Nadira quite well, as reflected by her involvement and interest in Nadira’s wedding and her closeness to him. Continue reading

Mian Mir Saheb of Lahore

Hazrat Mian Mir is Lahore’s iconic figure.

Mian Mir, a leading saint of Lahore, was revered by the kings, queens, warriors and common people alike. His shrine is in the area named after him and is a peaceful place.

Excerpts from a story from here and more can be read here:

“Hazrat Mian Mir – whose real name was Mir Muhammad – was a sufi of the Qadri order. Born in Sehwan (Sind) in 1550 AD, he received his early education from local teachers. He was 25 years old when he came to Lahore in 1575.

… After completing his education Mir went to Sirhind. He then came back and lived in Mohalla Khafipura – now called Anarkali Bazaar. Emperors – Jahangir, (Noor Jehan) and Shah Jehan – used to regularly visit him. Prince Dara Shikhoh was also his devotee.

Mian Mir had a special taste for qawali. He abhorred the ‘ceremonial’ dress. He led a simple life. He is equally popular among Muslims and non-Muslims. He died in 1635 AD and was buried near the grave of his friend Mian Natha. The Mian Mir locality was earlier called Darapur or Hashmipur. His shrine was partly built by Dara Shikoh.”