Samadhi of Ranjit Singh

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Samadhi of Ranjit Singh
ਰਣਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਸਮਾਧੀ
رنجیت سنگھ دی سمادھی
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The Samadhi was built next to Lahore's iconic Badshahi Mosque.
LocationLahore, Punjab
Completion date1848

The Samadhi of Ranjit Singh (Punjabi: رنجیت سنگھ دی سمادھی; Urdu: رنجیت سنگھ کی سمادھی‎) is an 18th-century building in Lahore, Pakistan that houses the funerary urns of the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh (1780 - 1839). It is located adjacent the Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque, as well the Gurdwara Dera Sahib which marks the spot where the 5th guru of Sikhism, Guru Arjan Dev, died.


The shrine was built at the northeast corner of the Badshahi Mosque.

Construction of the building was started by his son, Kharak Singh on the spot where he was cremated, and was completed by his youngest son, Duleep Singh in 1848.

Modern era[edit]

The funerary urns were removed from the marble pavilion and were replaced by a simple slab around 1999.[citation needed] This was done as part of the preparations for the Khalsa Tricentenary and the visit of Sikh dignitaries from India. It has been kept well by Pakistani government. The Samadhi was damaged by an earthquake in 2005 but was repaired soon.


The samadhi combines Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh motifs.


The building combines elements of Sikh, Hindu, and Islamic architecture.[1] Portions of the building are believed to have been plundered from the adjacent Lahore Fort.[2]

The building has gilded fluted domes and cupolas, and an ornate balustrade around the upper portion of the building. The front of the doorway has images of Ganesh, Devi and Brahma that are cut from red sandstone. The dome is decorated with Naga (serpent) hood designs - the product of Hindu craftsmen that worked on the project.[3] The wooden panels on the ceiling are decorated with stained glass work, while the walls are richly decorated with floral designs. The ceilings are decorated with glass mosaic work.

Funerary urns[edit]

Ranjit Singh's ashes are contained in a marble urn in the shape of a lotus, sheltered under a marble pavilion inlaid with pietra dura, in the centre of the tomb. Surrounding him, in smaller urns, are the ashes of four sati queens and seven concubines.[4]

Associated monuments[edit]

The Gurdwara Dera Sahib is adjacent to the samadhi, and commemorates the spot where Guru Arjan Dev Ji died.

Two small monuments to the west of the main building commemorate Maharaja Ranjit Singh's son Maharaja Kharak Singh and grandson Nau Nihal Singh, along with their wives. The building is located adjacent to Gurdwara Dera Sahib, the place where martyrdom of Guru Arjun took place.


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Coordinates: 31°35′21″N 74°18′41″E / 31.5893°N 74.3113°E / 31.5893; 74.3113