Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

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The funerary monument of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore. THe structure was started by his eldest son and heir Kharrack Singh in 1839 and built on the spot that the Maharaja was cremated o the banks of the River Ravi adjacent to the Dera Sahib Gurdwara. Today the Samadh is within the same complex as Dera Sahib. The bloody events of the next 9 years saw work on the monument start and stop, but it was completed under Duleep Singh in 1848. By the time it was completed both Kharrack Singh and his son Nau Nihal Singh were dead and their remains too were cremated on the site and smaller monuments within the Samadh commemorate them. Inside the mausoleum contains one of the finest mirrored ceilings in South Asia and wall paintings that depict the life of the Maharaja as well as scenes of the Sikh gurus and Hindu mythology.

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