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Centuries-old Hindu Temple of Loh, Alamgiri Gate restored in Lahore Walled City

Walled City of Lahore Authority has restored the Alamgiri Gate and Temple of Loh located inside the Lahore Fort with an amount of 7.32 million rupees in Lahore Walled City. The project has been completed in one year’s time.

During this process of conservation and restoration, the interior part of the Alamgiri Gate has been restored. Fresco of the main dome of Alamgiri Gate has been restored along with the structural strengthening of the gate’s building. The cement plaster has been removed which was done on it in the past.  Similarly, walls have also been strengthened and cleaned from graffiti. The flooring of the area inside the gate has been done.

Temple of Loh

Similar work has been done inside the temple of Loh. The temple has been consolidated and restored. Lime plaster has been done inside the temple and walls have been cleaned in Lahore Walled City.

WCLA Director-GeneralKamran Lashari said that Alamgiri Gate was one of the important monuments inside the fort. “It needed much attention as it was neglected in the past. Our team has restored it technically. The same was the case with the temple of Loh and now it is restored. We take tourists to these sites now in the history by night tour. These locations are very much visited and appreciated by the visitors and tourists,” he said.

Lava Temple is a Hindu place of worship dedicated to the Hindu deity Lava, the son of Rama. It is in Lahore Fort and dates to the Sikh period. According to a Hindu legend, Lahore is named after him in Lahore Walled City.

Alamgiri Gate

A legend based on oral traditions holds that ‘Lahore’, known in ancient times as ‘Lavapuri’ (the City of Lava in Sanskrit), was founded by Prince Lava, the son of Sita and Rama. Kasur was founded by his twin brother Prince Kusha.

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