Sadh Belo

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Sadh Belo
سادھ بھيلو
Temple Sadh Belo.jpg
Sadh Belo is located in Sindh
Sadh Belo
Location within Sindh
Sadh Belo is located in Pakistan
Sadh Belo
Sadh Belo (Pakistan)
Geography
Coordinates27°41′38″N 68°52′43″E / 27.69389°N 68.87861°E / 27.69389; 68.87861Coordinates: 27°41′38″N 68°52′43″E / 27.69389°N 68.87861°E / 27.69389; 68.87861
CountryPakistan Pakistan
StateSindh
DistrictUmerkot Division
Architecture
ArchitectureSikh architecture, Hindu architecture
Number of temples1
History
Governing bodyPakistan Hindu Council
Websitehttp://www.pakistanhinducouncil.org/

Sadh Belo (Urdu: سادھ بھيلو‎,Sindhi: ساڌ ٻيلو‎), or Sat, is an island in the Indus River near Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan that is famous for its highly revered Dharmic shrines.[1] The temples are associated with the syncretic Udasi movement,[2] which had and maintains close associations with Sikhism.

Etymology[edit]

The shrine features intricate marble work.

During the Arab conquest of Sindh under Muhammad bin Qasim, the island was occupied by an Arab commander named "Saeed" (Arabic: سعید‎). His platoon eventually was stationed on the island, and the island was named as Sadh Belo, or "Saeed's Island" in his honour.[3]

Geography[edit]

Sadh Belo island is downstream from Bukkur island, and is separated from it by a short stretch of river. The island with its two inlets, Sadh Belo and Din Belo, is shown on the official map of 1893-4; in 1912 it was accurately surveyed on the orders of the Collector.

Demography[edit]

Sindhi are settled in Sadh Belo and the surrounding countryside. The majority of the population is Muslim with a significant Hindu minority.

Hindu temple[edit]

There is a Hindu temple on the island, founded in 1823 by Baba Bankhandi Maharaj, who had immigrated from Nepal.[4] The place is held in high esteem by Hindus throughout Sindh and even in India, occasionally attracting pilgrims from across the border.[5] The annual death anniversary of Baba Bankhandi Maharaj, analogous to the Sufi urs, is celebrated by a three-day festival in which pilgrims are provided with free lodging, food, and water.[6] It is under the custody of Evacuee Property Trust Board.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kothari, Rita (2007). The burden of refuge: the Sindhi Hindus of Gujarat. Orient Longman. ISBN 9788125031574.
  2. ^ Thakur, U. T. (1959). Sindhi Culture. University of Bombay. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Razzak, Abdul (1965). Souvenir of Sukkur. Sukkur (Pakistan). Municipal Committee. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Balach, Dharmindar (11 June 2017). "NO INDIAN HINDU CAME FOR SHADU BELLA TEMPLE FESTIVAL". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ "SUKKUR: Indian pilgrims worship at Sadh Belo, Arore Temple". www.dawn.com. 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  6. ^ "Hindus pay homage at Sadh Belo temple". Express Tribune. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.dawn.com/news/1413676/sadh-belo-temple-an-abode-of-udasipanth-in-sindh