Pul Kanjari



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Time Required: 2-3 hours

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Pul Kanjari, Amritsar Overview

Pul Kanjari, popularly known as Amritsar’s Taj Mahal, is a village based on the vibrant expression of love by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Situated close the Wagah border, this town is historically significant as Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his troops would rest here while travelling between Amritsar and Lahore. An important trading centre during the 18th century, the town was named after a small bridge built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh over the canal between Amritsar and Lahore for his favourite dancer Moran, a Muslim dancer from the nearby village of Makhanpura. The Government of Punjab has recently renovated and opened the gates for tourists to visit Pul Kanjari.

Apart from the bridge, one can also admire the fortress of the Maharaja, which houses a Mosque, a Mandir, the Baradari and a Sarovar. A war memorial has been instituted to pay respect to the brave martyrs of the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, during which time this area was greatly disputed over by the Pakistani Army and the Jawans of the Sikh regiments. Vistors can find beautiful Fresco work on the walls, and Nanakshahi Bricks were used to construct the Shiv Temple. Pul Kanjari was a major shopping hub during the partition era. After partition, inhabitants of the area who survived the aftermath migrated to parts of Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other parts of India. Every August sees the return of these people who come to pay their respect to their ancestors and perform Akhand path in memory of those who had lost their lives at this historical site.

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Moran was the most elegant dancer in the Royal court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. As Moran had to travel from a nearby village Makhanpura, she had to cross a canal linked to river Ravi which was built by Shah Jahan for the irrigation of the Shalimar Gardens of Lahore. The channel didn’t have a bridge. One day, while crossing the canal, Moran lost the silver sandals that were gifted to her by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Due to the loss of her shoe, she refused to perform in the Royal Court. As the dancers in those days weren’t respected and were referred to as ‘Kanjari’, Maharaja Ranjit Singh built a bridge for a more relaxed commute of Moran.

The historical memorial which is now renovated has been given a touch of royalty and has become a must-visit destination for tourists. The Shiva temple is built with the Nanakashi Bricks and is beautifully decorated with Frescos. The Sarovar is divided into a separate gents and ladies bath, with a water stream for animals. The famous 12-door house, known as the Baradari, used to be the stay house of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which is now in ruins.

Pul Kanjari located at a distance of 35kms away from Amritsar. One can hire a taxi or a sharing auto to reach the village of Kanjari which is a quick detour on the way to the Wagah Border, situated 5 kms away from the village.

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