Rattan Bagh was the area where the Khalifa (Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad) moved to as he fled Qadian in late August of 1947. The Khalifa lived here for 2 years, he then permanently moved to Rabwah on 19th September 1949(see Fazl-e-Omar). It is now called Azad Park, it is just a few miles from where MGA died on Brandereth Road. The Khalifa seems to have lived there with most likely an entourage of 100 people. However, Mirza Bashir Ahmad seems to have lived in Rattan Bagh a bit longer, his book, “40 Gems of beauty” was published from Rattan Bagh on 11-13-1950. By 1960, the Ahmadiyya movement seems to have totally abandoned this location.
This Shivratri sharing a 1930’s photograph of Rattan Chand Dhariwala’s Shivala (Shiv Temple) just outside Shahalmi Gate in Lahore. The shivala was the most iconic Hindu temple in Lahore and featured in many European travelogues from the 19th and 20th century. Rattan Chand was a courtier of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the garden in which this temple was built was called Rattan Bagh. Today the remains of Rattan Bagh is called Azad Park and the Shivala is lost in time.
In Ahmadiyya literature
Ahmadi sources never give an address for Rattan Bagh, however, it is mentioned, see here.
The photo from the 1930’s
A photo from the 1800’s
Built in early 19th century, Shivala at Shah Aalami Gate, #Lahore. An old sketch. Young protege at Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Court Rattan Chand Dhariwala turned wasteland into this temple with pond & garden. Now temple is razed & made way for commercial shops. #Pakistan #Hindu
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