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Haveli Baij Nath

Haveli Baij Nath is situated inside Delhi gate, near Chitta gate in Koocha Baij Nath. Owner of this haveli Diwan baij Nath was additional Assistant commissioner of Lahore in British period. The great grandfather of Baij nath was among the nobles of Kashmir. His son was named as Pandit Kushan Das. When Ahmad Shah Abdali Conquered Kashmir in 1752, Pandit Kushan Das migrated to Delhi from Kashmir. Maha raja Ranjit Singh invited his son Diwan Ganga Ram in his court at Lahore in 1813 and appointed him as a chief accountant officer. After the death of Diwan Ganga Ram in 1826 in Lahore, his son Diwan Ajodhia Parshad appointed as a Noble of Ranjit’s court at Lahore. Ajodhia Parshad died in 1880 in Lahore. Diwan Baij Nath was the son of Diwan Ajodhia Parshad. Diwan Ajodhia Parshad was the member of first Municipality of Lahore founded in 1862. The well-known personalities of Lahore founded “ Shiksa Sabha” in Lahore 1860, that is considered think tank of that period. Baij nath was the member of Shiksa Sabha Lahore. When he got retirement from the post of District officer, British Government granted him a village in Hanjarwal in addition to 200 rupees pension money. Haveli Baij Nath was constructed in Sikh period. It was constructed by Ajodhia Parshad, father of Diwan baij Nath. Diwan Baij Nath made many addions in the structure of this building. Diwan Baij Nath died in 18 August 1875. His son Nrindar Nath inherited this haveli after him. He got the degree of masters in 1886. He appointed as a Assistant commissioner feroz pur and later on Assistant commissioner of Lahore. At the time of Partition descendants of Diwan Nirindar Nath were residing in this haveli. In one part of this haveli there was a “JanJ Ghar” of Hindu community. In this haveli there was a Zanan Khana, guest house, Temple and a court except drinking water well and a JanJ ghar. There was a beautiful fountain in the area of Court. When Baij Nath family migrated to India nearly 50 families shifted here. At the end of 20th century approximately 30 families moved to other parts of city. Now a days 20 families are residing here while there is no old structure of the haveli left. Only Façade and some remains are left behind. Restoration work has been done in Haveli Baij Nath under the restoration Project of the Walled City Lahore Authority. This building has been consolidated with small bricks and lime mortar. Cracks of the Walls have been filled and old looks have been revived. Moreover Drainage system has been improved.

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