Bhit

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Bhit or Bhit Shah (Sindhi: ڀٽ شاهه) is a small town located in Matiari District, Sindh, Pakistan. The town is most famous for being location of the Shrine of great Sindhi Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, it is due to this, he came to be called Bhttai (Sindhi: ڀٽائي) of Bhit.

Passing along the road that leaves Haala for Hyderabad, it could be seen further away, beyond the shrubs, big white mounds which form the hills; that are called Bhit in Sindhi. The Bhit is a solitary group of sandy mounds which, in the Sun, presents to eyes very bright and shiny spot; the glittering sand sparkle in the burning sun.

Among these sandy mounds the great poet of Sindh made his little cave, where he pondered deep into himself to seek inside of his soul. Even when he was a boy, he would turn away from haunts of men and disappear into thick group of shrubs, surrounding these sand-hills.

Shrine of Abdul Latif Bhittai[edit]

The shrine of Bhittai, located in the center of town, was built by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro, who ruled over Sindh during the late 1700s. Kalhoro ordered the shrine to be built in 1772. It is a beautiful structure covered with traditional Iranian-tiles, glazed in the colours like blue and turquoise. The final resting place of Shah Latif, is under the main-dome of the building. The grave is enclosed by a carved wooden screen and lies under a beautifully painted fresco. Musicians are often seen serenading the constant trickle of devotees who visit the saint. On Thursdays' evenings, locals gather around to remember the Sufi saint, by reciting his poems and playing music. The Urs of Shah Latif is celebrated in the Islamic month of Safar.

Museum[edit]

Located close to the shrine is very small museum which houses exhibits of folktales mentioned in Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's most famous work, Shah Jo Risalo. These include Sohni Mehar and Umar Marui. Bhitt is also one of tourist attractions in Pakistan.