Abstract

“Andrūn Shihr”, the word that still conjures up images of a bygone era, old world charm infused with romanticism and mystery. An abode of saints, poets, warriors, musicians, kings and their mistresses, where the streets echoed with music and the air filled with aroma of mouthwatering pakwa̅ns (dishes). A bustling economic hub, where an intermingling of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh beliefs meshed in to the fabric of its socio-political and cultural life. Lauhāri Gate is located to the south of the Walled City and is one of the six remaining gates. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the toponymic origins of the names of the mūḥallahs, galīs, kūchas, ṭwailahs around the Lauhāri Gate area. This study seeks to locate the current names in their historical and cultural context, tracing their origins and source. While also investigating the elements that have influenced the development of these names. The area studied is between Lauhāri Gate and Mori Gate Bāzār to Chauk Jhandā and then further onwards towards Saʾid Miṫhṫha Bāzār, which is named after the saint of sweetness.