The Garden Guide

Book: C.M Villiers Stuart Gardens of the Great Mughals
Chapter: Chapter 10 How the Lotus of the Good Law went a-voyaging

Hindu bathing tanks at Pinjore

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Driving down the road from Kalka to the gardens, the highway runs through Pinjor village, where mounds and the ruins of many buildings prove that the place must once have been much larger. Many ancient tanks, with their steps worn by a thousand years of pilgrimage, are built round the springs that rise here in such numbers. One of these sacred bathing-places has been roofed in, and the remaining pillars and great stone lintels recall the seventh-century temples of Kashmir. Various old temples, much defaced and modernised, are still to be seen; also a newer Sikh shrine and a Mohammedan mosque. In this Brahmin village the last appears a sad, deserted-looking building, with its high blank wall facing towards Mecca, on which can yet be traced a graceful floral painting of more prosperous days. It is somewhat surprising to find on the opposite side of the road a large masonry tank, adorned with many ornamental fountains, in the Mughal garden style, clearly, like the mosque, a relic of the older Badshahi. Who knows who built it ? Perhaps Fadai Khan, while he was making his new garden palace, in a fruitless effort to please his disagreeable neighbours.