Anarkali is one of the famous bazaars in the city of Lahore, province of Pakistan. It is one of the oldest markets that survive only in South Asia. It is situated on Mall road of Lahore. Because of the nearby mausoleum of a slave girl Anarkali, the market is thought to be got its name. The ancient story about the slave girl Anarkali which is buried alive by the Mughal Emperor Akbar because of illicit relationship with the son of the Emperor’s son name prince Salim which is later become Emperor Jahangir after the death of his father Akbar.
The bazaar is divided into two equal halves, first half is old Anarkali and second half is known as new Anarkali. Old Anarkali is famous for its traditional food items and the new Anarkali specified for its traditional handicrafts or handmade embroidery clothes. Despite of it is the oldest bazaar of Lahore, but keeping the tradition maintains the bazaar cope up with the changing’s time to time and by introducing new trends in business. So now a day’s among most of the cities it considered as best business centers of Pakistan.
There is present famous worriers’ mausoleum in the bazaar Qutb-ud-din Aybak of Mamluk Sultanate. This mausoleum was renovated in early 1970’s at the orders of the Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.Though the evidence and sources were not present so the ancient story about the Anarkali which is said to be buried alive by the Mughal Emperor Akbar is widely accepted to be either false. Despite of the entire story is converted by many and has been adapted into Cinema, literature and art.
A tomb assumed that of Anarkali’s tomb is situated on the premises of the Punjab Civil Secretariat in Lahore, Pakistan previously transformed into Christian church by the British and today converted into houses of the Punjab Records office. The most attracting thing presents in the tomb, the Persian couplet written on the Sarcophagus is
ta qiyamat shukar guyam kardigare khish ra
ah! Gar man baz binam rui yar-e khish ra
(I would give thanks unto my God unto the day of resurrection
Ah! Could I behold the face of my beloved once more?)