Lahore! This city of Pakistan was named after Lord Shri Ram’s son Lava

Since the nation called Pakistan was created seven decades ago, the population of the minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Christians have kept on dwindling. The main and the widely accepted reason behind this is the hatred towards the minorities.

Not just the population of minorities like Hindus have fallen sharply but even the temples of Hindus have been attacked and demolished regularly. The attacks on religious minorities have reached such a level that minor Hindu girls are abducted, raped and then converted to Islam.

You might find it hard to believe that such a nation was once a hub of Hinduism. Have you heard of the city called Lahore? Yes, it is the second largest city-district of Pakistan.

An old street-scene in Lahore

Would you believe that Lahore is named after the son of Lord Shri Ram. Today, the Hindus who chant the name of Lord Shri Ram are literally assaulted in Pakistan, but they have forgotten the fact that one of the important city in their country was named after Prince Lava, son of Lord Shri Ram.

In ancient time this city was called as Lavapuri (In Sankrit it means city of Prince Lava) because it was believed that the city was founded by the Prince Lava.

In the year 630 AD, the Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang had visited this city and he had said that this city of Lahore mainly had Brahmans.

Several other noted travelers have mentioned about the Hindu presence in Lahore. Another Chinese traveller named Faxian stated in his diary that the northwest territory of South Asia was ruled by a brave community called Lohana.

Who are the Lohanas?

When South Asia was under the Mauryan King Bimbisara, the society was classified into 4 categories based on individuals’ occupation. As per this, King Luv/Lava’s descendants belonged to the Kshatriya community and they were called as Luvanam. These were also called as Luvana or Luvana, which meant master of swords. Later on these were also called as Lohana, which was a mixture of Loha and Rana. Loha meant for iron and Rana is the title assigned for brave kings.

Kurmang, who was also a Chinese traveller who visited the region in the 11th century stated that the Lohrana kingdom was powerful. Many historians have recorded that the Lohrana community was one the bravest and oldest Kshatriya community who were spread across modern day Baluchistan and Afghanistan.

Even today Lahore Fort has a temple dedicated in honour of Lava, but it is a vacant one. One of the earliest and authentic document about Lahore called “Hudud-i-Alam” which was recorded in the year 982 states that the ancient Hindu city Lahore was “impressive temples, large markets and huge orchards”.

Another stunning fact is that Lahore had a grand past of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddism. But because of the regular destruction targeted at Hindu architectural structure, there can be hardly any evidence of Hindu kings or dynasties.

Currently, the Lahore city has 97% Muslim population, 2% Christians, Hindus and Sikhs combinely constitute only 1% o population.

Yet the history says that Lahore was a Hindu city, centuries back.

Hansika Raj