published on 05 September 2023
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Hazuri Bagh Baradari (formerly known as Ranjit Singh's Baradari), built by Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1818, in Lahore, Pakistan.

In Urdu, bara means "twelve," and dar means "door." Thus, baradari is the name given to a building or pavilion with twelve doors. In India, such structures were often used by kings and nobility as venues for official meetings, important gatherings, and elaborate musical and dance performances. The arched doors of a baradari were an architectural feature that ensured a soothing flow of fresh air and respite from the scorching Indian sun. The Hazuri Bagh Baradari has more than twelve doors but twelve arches – three on each of the building's four sides – and still qualifies as a baradari.

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