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Pir Mangho

Pir Mangho

The Urs of famous Sufi Pir Mangho i.e Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan took place once in a year. The shrine of his is located at Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The urs marks the death anniversary of Pir Mangho. In Dhu-al-HIjjah the Islamic month this event took place. This Urs completely differs from the more extensively known Sheedi Mela. In Karachi, it is the oldest Sufi shrine, the hot sulphur springs that exists in the shrine are supposed to have healing strength and the crocodiles that are found there are supposed locally to be the blessed supporters of Pir Mangho. It is often called as Mangi by many Balochis due to the presence of hot and cold springs.

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One of the smallest cultural group that is Makrani or Sheedi are the inhabitants of Manghopir. Sheedi are believed to be the offspring of Afro-Arabs from Zanzibar and uphold their discrete Afro-Arab and Omani individuality in the middle of the leading South Asian cultures. Right now these African-Pakistanis exist in different areas of Karachi, mostly in Lyari due to which the area is often known as Little Africa.  The essential elements of the shrine are crocodiles, chronicle of the saint and are so firmly interlinked that it is nearly unfeasible to judge between fact & fiction.

There are numerous ethnicities related to the myth of crocodiles and it is mostly considered that these were gifted by Baba Farid to Manghopir. According to another myth which is relatively factious says that when Lal Shahbaz Qalander visited the area, to make the barren valley more fit for human habitation, he founded a hot spring to issue forth from the rock and a grove of date palms to spring up from the ground and the crocodiles were basically the lice of a saint, which he actually gifted to Pir Mango, to keep them into the pond and then these turned into a crocodile.

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According to the third myth, Mor Mubarak introduced these crocodiles to Manghopir, who actually brought them from the cave in Korangi due to which the name of saint, the chief of crocodiles was then known as ‘Mor Sahib’. But according to some scientific justifications, in ancient times these crocodiles were carried by some heavy floods and after that they were gathered at this pond. According to some investigations conducted by archeologists says that Bronze Age settlement (2500-1700 BC) existed near Manghopir, who used to worship crocodiles and before the beginning of Islam crocodiles were also considered blessed for Hindus.

Now the other most important part of the shrine are the hot and cold springs of shrine which are almost 1 km away from it. It is believed that the warm water that passes through sulphur rocks holds some medical qualities. People with skin diseases come here from long distances to take bath to cure them and for this purpose separate baths for both men and women are made.

 

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