Tomb of Mai Anga, Lahore Pakistan
Date: June 01,2014
Zeb-un-Nisa or Dai Anga (wet-nurse) died in 1672. She was the wet-nurse of Emperor Shah Jahan, and the wife of a courtier under Jahangir. She is known as the founder of the Dai Anga Mosque in Lahore, one of the city’s best-used mosques of that period. A few yards through the Gateway of Gulabi Bagh, on the north, is the splendid mausoleum of Dai Anga. The mausoleum is built on a raised platform. It is of octagonal form, with a large dome and four kiosks at each corner. The walls are richly decorated with enameled pottery, and the walls bear on their interior inscriptions from the holy Quran. The mausoleum comprises a central tomb chamber with eight rooms around it. The roof bears a low pitched dome on a high neck and a square kiosk at each corner supported on slender brick pillars. The graves are in an underground chamber. There are two graves, one of Dai Anga and the other of her daughter Sultana Begum. The original cenotaph made of marble was removed by the Ranjit Singh and replaced with plain brickwork masonry. Inscriptions at the site, written by Muhammad Salih, reveal that the mausoleum was constructed in 1671. The mausoleum was originally surrounded by an extensive garden known as Ghulabi Bagh (garden of roses) which has now disappeared only the splendid Gateway is left now.