The doors of the Walled City of Lahore have been a significance in the discussion of Mughal history. They have been a part of Pakistani legacy ever since the country attained its identity. Stories that accompany this landmark can have pages written on them and still would leave something out. The gates of Lahore represent a rich cultural heritage. This heritage has been preserved over the years even when the ruling nations of the city changed. Some door designs are known for heroic events that took place near them like the Yakki gate. Others are famous for their function such as the Roshnai gate which was the main entrance to the city. Nevertheless, each one has an interesting story attached to it.
Taxali Gate – History
The gate is also known as the Taxal. Taxal is a word that means Royal Mint. Royal Mint is a very old British organization whose function was to produce coins. One of such mints was located near the Taxali gate during the British rule. Both the gate and the Royal Mint have been demolished to this day. All that remains are the tales that history somehow managed to save.
Current standing of the Taxali gate
Today, this entrance acts as a pathway to a number of markets. Some famous food shops are situated near this door. The area around this gate is famous for desi cuisine and attracts many food lovers from all over the world. The market is also home to shops selling musical instruments. Traditional instruments such as Dhol and Tabla can be easily obtained from this market. In addition to these two industries, the market here also sells traditional shoes famously known as the Khussa, Peshawari chappal, and the Kolhapuri chappal. Like all the door designs of Lahore, this one also stands for a variety of products.
The door designs such as the Mori gate did not seem to have much significance in the Mughal era. The Yakki gate did not know what history would get attached to it. The Khizri gate eventually became an identity for a story of a great saint. Regardless of the choices made by the Mughal Emperors in light of morality, their work has left the world pondering upon various aspects of the past. Tales that have been passed down through generations left historical analysts curious about the actual reality of the events. This curiosity has the potential to keep our history alive. This potential is what will keep our heritage safe and this heritage is what will help us in living our lives.