The history of Lahore's Garhi Shahu

Monday 28th August 2006

The history of Lahore's Garhi Shahu

Being a history buff, this article on Pakistaniat was a good and informative read, but for me, it goes farther than that. My mother grew up in an area adjacent to Garhi Shahu. My grandmother and the rest of the family still live there and I visit it virtually every time I'm in Lahore. I've often spent my childhood summer vacations there and have fond memories of the hustle and bustle of the area.

The old city of Lahore is ancient with its roots in a forgotten part of history. Even this area, just outside the old city, is at least a few hundred years old and retains some of the flavor of its past. I had often thought about the name, but not many people could help me with its origins. Who would have known that it is named after a baddy of yore who claimed the place for himself after the death of Abul Khair, the saint who setup a school of learning here and actually gave value to it.

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On 3rd September 2008, at 18:00pm PKST, Omer said:

I born in Garhi Shaho and still living in this area. Well..the most of land in the past in this area belongs to Kambo clan who are still living in the old part of Garhi Shaho Pind where Abu al Khair lived in the past. According to the famous book of a hindu historien I am forgetting his name but I red his book. There was a rich Hindu trader Shahu who lived in this area much before Abu al Khair.

On 16th September 2008, at 23:05pm PKST, Anonymous said:

On 17th February 2009, at 14:06pm PKT, nas said:

my ancesters are from garhi shahu and we have lost touch with them. Anyone who knows of an old haweli which was then called Rahman Manzil in garhi shahu. Yes we are their generation.

On 1st March 2009, at 19:00pm PKT, Rania said:

That sounds very interesting. I like to read here is evry day interesting and informative!

On 6th May 2009, at 08:26am PKST, shahzad said:

Garhi shahu has graves and moselumes of many famous saints one of the famous sufi saint and Hakeem was Nawazish ali shah, who had cpnverted thousands of hindus and sikhs to Islam. I spet 22 years of my early life here. The people of this place are very much clogged together they enjoy all events of the years with great enthusiasm even when if some desaster strikes this area people face it with courage.

On 6th May 2009, at 08:28am PKST, shahzad said:

Garhi shahu has graves and moselumes of many famous saints one of the famous sufi saint and Hakeem was Nawazish ali shah, who had cpnverted thousands of hindus and sikhs to Islam. I spet 22 years of my early life here. The people of this place are very much clogged together they enjoy all events of the years with great enthusiasm even when if some desaster strikes this area people face it with courage.

On 6th October 2009, at 18:56pm PKST, Advertise said:

Great posting: thanks for sharing that.


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