Hiran Minar

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Hiran Minar and Water Tank

Hiran Minar; Urdu: ہرن مینار (Minaret of Antelope) is set in peaceful environs near Lahore in a town called Sheikhupura, Pakistan. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir as a monument to Mansiraj (lit: 'Light of the Mind'), his favourite pet deer or antelope.[1]

The structure consists of a large, almost-square water tank with an octagonal pavilion in its center, built during the reign of his son, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.[2]

A causeway with its own gateway connects the pavilion with the mainland and a 100-foot (30 m)-high minar, or minaret. At the center of each side of the tank, a brick ramp slopes down to the water, providing access for royal animals and wild game.[2]

Unique features of this particular complex are the antelope's grave and the distinctive water collection system. At each corner of the tank (approximately 750 by 895 feet (273 m) in size), is a small, square building and a subsurface water collection system which supplied the water tank; only one of these water systems is only extensively exposed today.[3]



  1. ^ http://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/hiran_minar-deer_tower, 'Hiran Minar (Deer Tower)' with a satellite map on gardenvisit.com website, Retrieved 28 February 2017
  2. ^ a b http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1281/, 'Hiran Minar and Tank, Sheikhupura' on unesco.org website, Retrieved 28 February 2017
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUQpSWjCQ-8, A short documentary videoclip on Hiran Minar on YouTube, Retrieved 28 February 2017

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Coordinates: 31°44′35″N 73°57′19″E / 31.743013°N 73.955197°E / 31.743013; 73.955197