General Allard, Princess Pan Dai, and their kids (Photo courtesy of Henry Provost Allard Facebook web page)

It is alleged that nobody on the planet is acknowledged as a billionaire until his boat is anchored within the French metropolis of Saint Tropez (additionally referred to as San Thopa in French).

No home on this metropolis is value lower than one billion rupees, so everybody here’s a billionaire. But the primary billionaire right here was a French basic, Allard, who was a basic in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s ‘Special Forces. His 20-room, 20-suite palace, which he named ‘Pan Day Mahal’ (Pan Dei Palais) after his Indian spouse, is now the town’s one of the most effective inns, the place individuals aspire to spend an evening. So that they will really feel the contact of this eternal story of love rising between France and Punjab. On its partitions are nonetheless work of General Allard’s Anarkali home.

What is the story of General Allard and Pan Dai?

How did Allard attain Punjab and be part of Ranjit Singh’s military? This story could be very attention-grabbing in which there’s romance, pleasure, and the entire world of migration.

Picture of the house of General Allard Pan Dai in in the Pandi Hotel Photo courtesy of Henry Provost Allard Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Henry Provost Allard Facebook web page

General Allard (Jean-François Allard) was born in 1785 in St. Tropez, then a small village. In 1803, on the age of 18, he joined Napoleon’s military, the place he was honored by Napoleon for his God-given talents. When Napoleon was defeated and taken prisoner on the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon’s shut associates, together with Allard, had been imprisoned as a result of they had been Napoleon’s ideological allies. When he was launched three years later, as a result of unfavorable circumstances in France, he moved to Italy along with his uncle, who despatched him to work with Crown Prince of Iran, Abbas Mirza.

Allard remained within the Crown’s particular forces for a while, however since he was within the eyes of Britain, Abbas Mirza apologized to Allard for the risk of British opposition, after which he turned to Kabul, the place one of Napoleon’s General Ventura was there.

Allard had discovered Persian whereas dwelling in Iran, and when he got here to Lahore with General Ventura in March 1822, the 2 gained entry to the court docket by Ranjit Singh’s overseas minister and particular adviser, Faqir Azizuddin. The Maharaja was feeling the risk of the British military on his borders at the moment, so he thought-about it a blessing to determine the Punjabi military on European strains. On the opposite hand, he feared that they may be spies, so he made no determination however ordered that they not be allowed to go away Lahore.

After observing them for 3 months and after a lot deliberation, Ranjit Singh employed them. Their wage was stored at Rs. 2500 monthly. General Ventura was made basic of the infantry, and General Allard was made basic of the Cavalry. On becoming a member of the military, Ranjit Singh took an oath from all non-Indians that they might stay loyal to Punjab within the occasion of an assault by a European energy, that he wouldn’t correspond with any European authorities with out the permission of the court docket, they won’t eat beef, they won’t smoke, and in the event that they want to get married, they’ll marry to an Indian girl.

General Allard skilled 40,000 Punjabi troops and modernized them. His coaching was so rigorous that many troopers fled. He fashioned a particular platoon of commandos and one other Gurkha platoon, which was praised by British General Edward as the most effective military in Asia. He proved his mettle in 1825 in Peshawar and Dera Jat and then between 1827 and 1830 towards the jihad motion of Syed Ahmed Barelvi.

Hari Singh Nalwa, the chief of the Khalsa military, was killed within the assault on Jamrud by the Afghan king Dost Mohammad, after which General Allard ensured the safety of Peshawar. From the Himalayas to Multan, they stood like a leaden wall towards the British military. As lengthy as he was alive, the British military couldn’t enter Punjab. He made the uniform of the Punjabi military within the fashion of Napoleon’s military. Maharaja Ranjit Singh trusted General Allard to such an extent that he gave the command of his commando drive to General Allard, numbering six thousand. General Allard was not accountable to anybody however the Maharaja.

General Allard Jean Francois Allard
Jean Francois Allard

The closeness between the Maharaja and General Allard became a relationship when the Maharaja married General Allard with Banu Pandey, the 12-year-old daughter of his cousin Raja Menga Ram of Chamba. The marriage, which happened in March 1826, was the truth is a continuation of a royal custom that turned friendship into kinship within the royal households of the time. Banu Pandey, often known as Pan Dai in French, was born in 1814 and married on the age of 12.

Over the following eight years, that they had seven kids with General Allard. Pan Dai was a princess. When she got here to General Allard’s home with the entire Eastern cultural custom, the guts of this Western basic was so moved that he even wrote poems in Persian in love with Pan Dai.

From Allard’s first marriage, he had a daughter, Mary Charlotte, whom he liked dearly, whom he invited to India. Marie Charlotte was in love with a younger man in France, however on the opposite aspect was a father she hadn’t seen in eight years. It is alleged that Charlotte met a nun earlier than coming to India who instructed her that you’ll not discover love, loss of life is ready for you in India. This is what occurred. She got here to India however died immediately on April 5, 1827.

General Allard was deeply shocked by her sudden loss of life and constructed an impressive mausoleum on his daughter’s grave just like the Mughal princesses within the 48-Kanal compound and planted an impressive backyard which remains to be identified in Lahore as Kadi Bagh. Allard was shocked by the sudden loss of life of his daughter and realized that if something occurred to him, his younger spouse could be sati with him (the customized amongst Hindus was that when an individual died, his spouse was additionally burnt along with his coffin and this ritual was referred to as Sati.), so he despatched his spouse and kids to France in 1834. Created a migration program. General Allard requested Maharaja Ranjit Singh to permit him to coach his kids as Christians in France.

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Henry Provost Allard Great Grandson of General Allard ( Photo courtesy of Henry Provost Allard Facebook web page )

The Maharaja didn’t agree, fearing that Allard wouldn’t return, however Allard promised that he wouldn’t solely return however would additionally deliver fashionable weapons from France and the French King’s assist towards the British, to which the Maharaja replied, Allowed to go.

When General Allard visited France, he was obtained as a royal visitor. In France, the marriage ceremonies of Allard and Pan Dai had been carried out religiously within the church. Allard constructed an impressive palace for the Pan-Dai in France, which not solely stored Indian structure in thoughts but additionally hung masterpieces of artwork introduced from India. It was essentially the most magnificent palace in St. Tropez on the time. General Allard stated goodbye to France in December 1835 and by no means noticed his household once more.

In 1838 he was despatched to Peshawar to help General Otibel, the place he died of a coronary heart assault on 23 January 1839. Since the Maharaja himself was in poor health, he was not given this unhappy information. His physique was dropped at Lahore with full army honors. He was given a guard of honor in each army cantonment from Peshawar to Lahore. When his physique reached Lahore, troopers had been stationed all the best way from Shahdara to Anarkali, who opened fireplace and paid tribute to their courageous basic. He was buried in Kadi Bagh, the place his two daughters had been buried.

In France, then again, Pan Dai had a particular standing because the spouse of an Indian princess and General Allard and was revered within the aristocracy there. She says she was not satisfied when she heard of General Allard’s loss of life. She went to church for peace of thoughts and then transformed to Christianity and joined the Roman Catholic denomination.

The King and Queen of France addressed her as their daughter in a particular ceremony, which was additionally attended by General Allard’s buddy General Ventura. On July 25, 1845, Pan Dai’s youngest daughter, Phils, who was ten years outdated, died. Due to the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Pan Daika’s coronary heart was not within the palace, which had General Allard’s reminiscence engraved on every stone. She moved to a different home on the seashore, the place she spent the remaining of her life remembering General Allard.

It is alleged that she sits on the seashore each night and ask the oncoming waves if anybody had seen General Allard’s ship coming from India at sea. When there was no reply, she would return within the night in tears and then spend the entire night time counting the celebrities within the open home windows dealing with the ocean. She might have returned to India if she needed to, however based on Allard’s needs, she raised her kids in a Christian method. Their kids had been married into the households of the French elite. The stressed soul of India lastly flew on January 13, 1884, however those that visited her tomb really feel the anguish of love that unfold from Lahore to France.

The French authorities has put in statues of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, General Allard, and Pan Dai within the metropolis. The historic portray on the Pan Dai Hotel additionally captivates vacationers, with General Allard and his household at his residence in Anar Kali. The fifth technology of the Allard household now lives in St. Tropez. His great-grandson Henry Provost Allard has additionally been the town’s deputy mayor. He is the writer of three books in French, one on General Allard.

This timeless love story was born in Lahore however nobody right here is aware of what the story of ‘Kadi Bagh’ is. The tomb of Anar Kili, the place the Civil Secretariat of Punjab is immediately, was constructed for the French General Lord and his spouse Pan Dai
The French are promoting this love story born in Lahore to billionaires everywhere in the world and the individuals of Pakistan don’t even know that this story belongs to Lahore.

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What is the story of General Allard and Pan Dai