Sakhi Sarwar

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Sakhi Sarwar
سخی سرور
Town
Sakhi Sarwar is located in Pakistan
Sakhi Sarwar
Sakhi Sarwar
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 29°58′45″N 70°18′21″E / 29.97917°N 70.30583°E / 29.97917; 70.30583Coordinates: 29°58′45″N 70°18′21″E / 29.97917°N 70.30583°E / 29.97917; 70.30583
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Dera Ghazi Khan District
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) +6 (UTC)

Sakhi Sarwar (Urdu: سخی سرور‎), (Saraiki, Punjabi: سخی سرور) is a town in Dera Ghazi Khan District, Pakistan. It is named after a Muslim Sufi saint Hazrat Syed Ahmad Sultan, also known as Sakhi Sarwar.

Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar Syed Ahmed Sultan[edit]

Syed Ahmad Sultan (Urdu, Saraiki, Punjabi: سیداحمدسلطان), also known as Sakhi Sarwar, Lakh Data, Nigah wala Pir and Lalan Wali Sarkar, was the son of Hazrat Syed Zain ul Abiden, who migrated from Baghdad and settled in Shahkot, near Multan in 1126 A.D (unconfirmed). Which is now called Sarwar Shahkot.The Holy shrine of Hazrat Zainul Abiden is in Sarwar Shahkot with the tomb of his second wife Hazrat Bibi Aysha, the mother of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar and Abdul Ghani . His first wife is Bibi Aimna, the mother of Hazrat Sultan Qaisar(Tomb in Bukhara), Hazrat Syed Mahmood(Tomb in Sarwar Shahkot), Hazrat Syed Sairra (Tomb in Bukhara).[1] He studied from Syed Muhammad Ishaq, known as Miran Badshah who came from Iran and settled in Lahore during the time of the Tughlaq dynasty and is buried in the courtyard of Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore. Syed Ahmed later went to Dhaunkal, Wazirabad. (sakhi sultan srsayana wale ( barwala hisar )

Tomb of Sakhi Sarwar[edit]

The tomb of Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar was built in the 13th century in Sulaiman Mountains, 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Dera Ghazi Khan city. It is located in a small village named Muqam. Later, Mughal king Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur amended his tomb. It is a unique building of Mughal architecture. Thousands of people from all over the Subcontinent come here on the Annual Celebrations of Birth of Sakhi Sarwar in March every year.

Sangh Mela, is a Vaisakhi fair during March and April, is celebrated in Sakhi Sarwar by people coming from Jhang and Faisalabad since centuries. This festival is celebrated by Hindus and Muslims especially at the time of wheat harvesting and at some places it is called as Basant Festival. Throughout history, a large number of followers coming from different religions became the followers of Sakhi Sarwar. Max Arthur Macauliffe, a colonial office appointed in Punjab, observed in 1875 that not only Muslims but Hindus also visited the shrines during the [urs]. In the 1911 census of India, 79,085 Sikhs reported to be the follower of Sakhi Sarwar.[2] The annual Dhaunkal fair in Wazirabad, Jhanda fair in Peshawar and Kadmon fair in Anarkali, Lahore[3] are also connected with Sakhi Sarwar.[4] Many villages in Punjab, India have shrines of Sakhi Sarwar who is more popularly referred to as Lakha Data Pir.[5]

Incidents[edit]

At the annual festival of Sakhi Sarwar Shrine on 3 April 2011, a twin suicide attack left 42 dead and almost a hundred injured.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Munshi Hukam Chand. 1884. Twareakh Zila Multan
  2. ^ Census of India, 1911, Vol. XIV, Punjab, Part I Report, by Pandit Harkishan Singh Kaul, 39
  3. ^ http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/05-Apr-2012/some-historic-melas-of-lahore
  4. ^ Crook, William. 2005. The Popular Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India. Elibron Classics, pp. 209-210
  5. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C04%5C16%5Cstory_16-4-2006_pg7_43
  6. ^ http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=13597