Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Princess feeding antelope, Sheikhupura Fort

I am not really sure about the history of this fort. It is clear, though, that the fort was initially built by Emperor Akbar and later developed by Emperor Jehangir.

This wall painting withing the fort depicts a princess feeding a pet black antelope. It must be noted that during time of Mughal Rule Sheikhupura had ample flora and fauna. Among the most noted was this specie of antelope. Later, Jehangir constructed a Minar (minaret) commemorating the death of his favourite antelope, who was killed accidentally while on a shoot. Therefore, till Jehangir ruled the empire it was forbidden for everyone to shoot antelopes in the areas around Sheikhupura.

It must also be noted that Akbar used to call Jehangir by the name of Sheikhu. Therefore, the name Sheikhupura.

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