A miniature painting of Moran.
Moran Sarkar was a Punjabi Queen who married Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab in 1802. She was a nautch girl before she became a queen. Maharaja was tied to slings by Akali Phula Singh for marrying with her.
Moran Sarkar was born in a Muslim family in Makhanpur, near Lahore and Amritsar. She was a nautch girl. Maharaja Ranjit Singh used to meet her in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. She used to dance for him at the Baradari of Maharaja Ranjit Singh halfway between Amritsar and Lahore. The place was since called Pul Kanjri but now its name has been changed to 'Pul Moran'. She later married Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a year after he became the maharaja of Lahore at the age of 21 and was officially given a name as Maharani Sahiba. He struck a coin in the name of Rani Moran. She was considered to be very learned in arts and letters. She was known for her philanthropic acts and in bringing Maharaja's attention to many problems.
The Maharaja at Moran's request, built a mosque called as Masjid-e-Tawaifan, which was renamed in 1998 as Mai Moran Masjit in Lahore.
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