Noori Jam Tamachi

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Noori Jam Tamachi (Sindhi: نوري ڄام تماچي ‎) is a famous tale of Prince Jam Tamachi's falling in love with the charming fisherwoman Noori. Noori makes Jam happy with her perfect surrender and obedience which causes him to raise her above all the other queens.[1]

Noori Jam Tamachi also appears in Shah Jo Risalo and forms part of seven popular folk romances from Sindh, Pakistan. The other tales are Umar Marui, Sohni Mehar, Sassui Punhun, Momal Rano, Sorath Rai Diyach and Laila Chanesar — commonly known as Seven Heroines (Sindhi: ست سورميون ‎) of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

It is the only story of fulfilled love and happiness and not of burning love and helpless search.


Jam Tamachi was a Samma prince, a ruler of Sindh, Thatta, Pakistan. There are three lakes lying between Jherruk and Thatta, called the Keenjhar, the Chholmari and Sonahri. On the banks of Keenjhar, broken walls are still visible that mark the site of an old fishing village. A girl of this class, Noori, attracts the attention of Jam Tamachi, who madly fell in love with her and raised her above the ladies of royal blood. She was also called Gandri, her clan name.

This legend has been retold countless times and is often used as metaphor for divine love by Sufis. Its most beautiful rendering is in found in poetic compendium Shah Jo Risalo of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. By this anecdote, Shah shows that humility is great thing and is meant to rise in the favour of the creator.[2]

Noori's grave[edit]

Noori's grave in the middle of Kenjhar lake

According to the legend, Noori was buried in the middle of Keenjhar Lake, Pakistan. Her last resting place is visited by hundreds of tourists daily.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Annemarie schimmel (2003). Pain and grace:a study of two mystical writers of eighteenth-century Muslim India. Sang-E-Meel Publications. 
  2. ^ K F MIRZA (Mirza Kalich Beg) (1980), Life of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai: A Brief Commentary on his Risalo, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan: Bhit Shah cultural centre committee 

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