Friday, December 15, 2023

Rohri Saaten jo Aashan: The Legend and History of the Seven Sisters’ Shrine in Sindh

 Rohri Saaten jo Aashan (Sindhi: روهڙي ستين جو آستان) is a historical site in Sindh, Pakistan, where the graves of seven women are located. According to legend, these women were part of the army of Muhammad bin Qasim, who invaded Sindh in the 8th century.

They chose to live in a cave on the bank of the Indus river, and prayed to God to protect their honour from the Hindu ruler Raja Dahir. God answered their prayers and buried them alive in the cave. 

Their graves are now revered as a sacred place, especially by women who seek healing and blessings from the Seven Sisters There are different versions of this story, and some historians doubt its authenticity. Some say that the women came before Muhammad bin Qasim, and others say that they were not related to him at all. Some also suggest that the story is influenced by the Hindu practice of sati, where widows burned themselves on their husbands’ funeral pyres.

The site is also known as the tomb of Mir Abu al-Qasim Namkeen, a ruler of Sukkur who built the complex in the 16th century. He used ochre stone and blue tiles to decorate the graves and the mosque. He also made rooms for travellers and students, and entertained his guests with music and fruits on full moon nights. He and his son Mir Abu al-Baqa Amir Khan are also buried there. The site is a popular tourist attraction and a cultural heritage of Sindh. Many people visit the site to admire its architecture and learn about its history. Some also believe that the site has mystical powers and can cure illnesses and grant wishes. Women are allowed to enter the cave and pray at the graves of the seven sisters, while men are not

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