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Pul Kanjari

A small Village on the Amritsar- Lahore Road, this is situated on the Wagah Border and is a few kilometers away from Amritsar. This village was a favorite place for Maharaja Ranjit Singh and he used to always halt here for at least a few days while travelling along Amritsar to Lahore or back. The name means a Bridge (Pul) which was built for a Kanjari (dancer). This dancer was extremely talented and that her shoes once fell into the river and thus she insisted on this bridge being built. There is a fortress here whih consists of a temple, a mosque, a pool as well as a gurudwara. This is the evidence of the secularism followed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. There is also a memorial in the village in the memory of the jawans who had to sacrifice their lives in the War of 1971 with Pakistan.
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This fascinating and charming site is a based on one of the numerous legends from Mahraja Ranjit Singh’s time. The legend states that a young muslim dancer (Punjabi word Kanjiri for concubine) Moran, hailing from Lahore, once was on her way to dance at the Maharaja’s Baradari, her sandal fell into the water channel on the way. The piqued dancer refused to dance until a pul (bridge) was built, hence the place became popular as Paul Kanjri.