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Affiliation  Sunni Islam
Dome dia. (outer)  16 feet
Address  Lahore, Pakistan
Architectural type  Mosque
Materials  Brick, Marble
Completed  1635 or 1639 C.E.
Dome dia. (inner)  19 feet
Number of minarets  4
Number of domes  3
Dai Anga Mosque
Location  Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Architectural styles  Indo-Islamic architecture, Mughal architecture
Similar  Tomb of Dai Anga, Mosque of Mariyam Zamani B, Sunehri Masjid - Lahore, Cypress Tomb, Moti Masjid

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Dai Anga Mosque (Urdu: دائی انگہ مسجد ) is a mosque situated to southeast of the Lahore Railway Station, in the city of Lahore in Pakistan's Punjab province. The mosque is said to have been built in 1635 in honour of the wetnurse of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Dai Anga.

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Background

Born as Zeb-un-Nisa, Dai Anga, was well respected in the royal family, and the mosque was said to be commissioned by her, and built prior her departure for the Hajj. Her family was closely associated with the Mughal empire. Her husband Murad Khan served Emperor Jahangir as Magistrate of Bikaner, and her son Muhammad Rashid Khan, was the best archers in the kingdom, and died fighting in the service of Shah Jahan's eldest son Dara Shikoh. The Tomb of Dai Anga is known as the "Gulabi Bagh," and is also located in Lahore.

History

The mosque was said to have been built in 1635, however, the inscription in the mosque is said to date it to 1649 Under Sikh rule, the mosque was used as a military magazine under the rule of Ranjit Singh. During the British Raj, the mosque was converted into railway administration offices.

Architecture

The mosque was designed on a scaled down version of larger Mughal mosques, such as the nearby Badshahi Mosque. The mosque is fronted by a 84 foot wide courtyard, while the building itself is divided into three section. The central section is the largest and is topped by a 19 foot dome. This is flanked by two smaller sections with 16 foot domes. The central portion of the mosque is elaborately decorated with predominantly blue, orange, and yellow Kashan tile work. The interior also displayed fine frescoes previously, unfortunately these have largely been replaced by modern tiles.

The exterior of the mosque has been embellished with fine tile work similar to that seen at the mosque of Wazir Khan in Lahore. The exterior features rich decorative works in tile as well.

Conservation

The mosque is listed on the Protected Heritage Monuments of the Archaeology Department of Punjab.

References

Dai Anga Mosque Wikipedia


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