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A mile away, the tomb of Nur Jahan, "the Light of the World." She was the sister of Asaf Jah and became Jahangir's most important wife and, in the later years of his reign (say, from about 1622 to his death in 1627) the empire's effective ruler. Like the tombs of Jahangir and Akbar, this one had a second tier, with a screened cenotaph. Where did it go? S.M. Latif, in Lahore: Its History, Architectural Remains and Antiquities, 1892, says (p. 109) that the marble was taken for the Sikh's Golden Temple at Amritsar. Even so, the tomb is in better shape now than when Henry Hardinge saw it in 1846. From a letter he sent at that time: "...Nurjehan, once the handsomest woman in the East, is buried near him; but the only remains of her tomb are a few crumbling arches, which are surrounded by some tall palms tapering to the skies, which give a melancholy appearance to what was once a building of some size and importance." (From Hardinge's Recollections of India, published in 1847 and quoted in F.S. Aijazuddin, 1991, p. 27.)

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