Sindh’s Eternal Splendor At Bhit Shah

Sindh’s Eternal Splendor At Bhit Shah

What motivates you to plan a weekend getaway? Is it a yearning for beauty and nature, a desire to visit historical landmarks, or an eagerness to learn about different cultures? This article will comprehensively discuss a roadmap for you to discover the wonder of Pakistan’s majestic Sindh. 

In Sindh, you will find the purity of culture, abundant history in structural monuments, the hospitability of the people, peace beside the waves of the Arabian Sea in the setting sun, and soul-soothing experience of melodic folk music that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Former mentioned whole dynamics will be covered by visiting the soul-refreshing, remarkable, shrine of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai where you will witness followers’ most passionate dancing movements as well as the soul-stirring legendary Qawali music. Bhittai’s 18th-century poetry, while applauding the message of peace, love, and harmony, also, opens up the institution of mystical and spiritual awakening for tourists.

Along the National Highway, the shrine is roughly a three-hour journey from Karachi. The temple is located atop a mound in the town of Bhit shah, which is about 30 minutes outside of Hyderabad. Remarkably, the town is well maintained, hygienic, and well-lit. In the heart of the city, the shrine of Shah Abdul Lateef is a massive complex, constructed in the 18th century by Mian Kalhoro. This is one of Sindh’s most popular tourist destinations, with up to 500,000 tourists attending its annual Urs- death anniversary of Bhittai. Thus, hundreds of people came to the shrine to pay their respects to the Sufi saint. After dusk, locals and some visitors bang the drums with zeal, and some perform Dhamal –a spiritual dance –on the 13th day of the Islamic month of Safar, which marks the start of the Urs. Simultaneously, women, children, young and old all feel the warmth and amusement from this mystic atmosphere and it will certainly melt your heart too once you visit Bhit shah.

The building of Bhittai’s monument is a spotless wonder that always greets you by gleaming brightly in the sunlight. The structure is well-known for its intricate Sindhi tile work with blue and white floral arabesque motifs delineating the sense of calm and serenity in the air. On any local day except for Urs, the shrine is not very crowded, allowing visitors to appreciate the grandeur of its architecture. It would be possible for visitors to sit wherever they want and breathe in this calm for the rest of their life. A group of musicians sits in one section of veranda, always sings soothing poems of Shah Bhittai that charms the surrounding air. In Bhittai’s world-famous manifested poetry he opposed needless luxury, injustice, and ruthlessness. His poem has a universal subject of love for all beings and the human race’s universality. He, repeatedly, spread the message of simplicity and peace worldwide.

You can also enjoy the free meal ‘Lungar’ that is distributed to devotees and visitors twice a day in the yard of the complex. Furthermore, in the courtyard, there are several stalls installed on which vendors sell local delicacies and dried fruits with the decoration of hanging colorful buntings from their windows. As souvenirs’ for tourists there are plenty of things available on these stalls, especially, handicraft items brought here for sale from the nearby village of Hala. The glazed pottery, earthenware, and terracotta from Hala comprise beautiful hand-painted pots, dolls, ornaments, and tiles- known as Kashi Kari that attracts the majority of tourists. It is a type of art that uses solely trademark hues such as cobalt blue, turquoise, brown, mustard, and white. These ceramic pieces are quite well-known for their export to the Middle East and Europe. Likewise, the famous Arjak of Bhittai, a block-printed textile from the Indus Valley Civilization with unique motifs and patterns created over a lengthy period of time that is a symbol and influence of Sindhi culture and you will definitely adore it once seeing its vibrant colors.

To sum up, the tomb of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai and the city of Bhit Shah are a must-see for anybody visiting Sindh. Few sites in the sub-continent have such strong ties to the subcontinent’s cultural heritage, allowing you to break away from the hectic routine and spend some quality time calmly enjoying and the mausoleum of Shah Abdul Lateef Bhittai is one of them. 

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