Nizam-ud-Din's Shrine

The shrine of Syed Nizam-ud-Din Chishti, alias Pir Mokha, is situated west of Garhi Shahu on Allama Iqbal Road. Traveling west on Allama Iqbal Road, a few meters past Shalimar Road intersection, there is a narrow street with a signboard for the saint's shrine. Turning right onto the street and walking a few feet, you will arrive at the shrine of this celebrated saint from the 17th century. The original building is still intact but has been much renovated. In some areas, however; one can still see some of the original underlying small Lahori brick and mortar.

Nizam-ud-Din's ShrineThe circular dome is splendid and supported by a quadrangular building with three arched entrances on each side, the middle one being large and the side ones smaller. Presently, the smaller ones have been closed in and act as windows. The main entrance is through the larger arch in the southern wall. The building has been overzealously renovated and painted in bold colors of lime green, red, brown, blue, and orange. The inset panels on the outside walls, which once would have contained beautiful floral frescoes are today painted in hues of red and brown. The main entrance has been rebuilt with marble tiles with some alterations from the original style, as pictured in Latif's book on Lahore. The inside has suffered the same fate, if not worse. The lower walls have been completely covered up with marble tiles. The upper walls have been whitewashed with the niches painted different hues of green. The smaller entrances are left open from the inside to let light and fresh air in. In some of the arches, one can still see the original plaster covered Lahori bricks. The grave, as with most shrines in Lahore, has been completely rebuilt in marble.

Latif describes ruins of a platform in the form of one solid block to the west of the tomb, on which was the tomb of Mai Masuma, a disciple of Syed Nizam-ud-Din. To the east of the tomb was a platform 3 feet high, with underground chambers, in one of which was the grave of Mussammat Kher Kadam, a slave-girl, but it had been destroyed by the time Latif visited the tomb. People suffering from warts, were said to recover by making a vow to the saint to offer a broom and a wreath of flowers,a tradition which continues to this day, hence the appellation "Pir Mokha", meaning a saint who cures warts. The saint died in 1705 AD.

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