Lakki Hills: The Inspiring Nature in Sindh, Pakistan

The Lakki Hills is a range in the Sindh province, Pakistan, to the south of the Manchar Lake. The range is almost 50 miles long, linked with the Kirthar Mountains and running east towards Sehwan where they terminate on the west bank of the Indus. The greatest hills are between 1,500 feet and 2,000 feet. The hills are of recent volcanic origin as shown by frequent hot springs and sulphuric exhalations.

Dharan Tirtha Hindu temples at Lakki Hills

Lakki Hills were once rich and famous for its historical locations, Hindu temples and shrines of saints like Dharan Pir but after the partition of India in the year of 1947 and creation of Pakistan, the succeeding governments did not pay any primary attention to the conservation of the site and the site has been ruined, in accordance to media reports.

Background of Lakki Hills

A Chinese Buddhist Scholar and traveller Xuanzang alias Hiuen Tsang visited Sindh province in the 7th century and described that there were 273 Hindu temples here, out of which 235 belonged to Pashupata Shivaites, which is another order of Shivaism. In his magnum opus, “Sindh Revisited”, nineteenth century British scholar and traveller Sir Richard Francis Burton explains Laki as a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The devotees called the streams dharan tirtha, which means “constant flow of the earth in a holy place.” French researcher Michel Boivin, in his book “Sindh Through History and Representations”, notes that Laki “is believed to be one of the most significant places of the Shivaite cult in Sindh and a stopover for pilgrims going on the journey to Hinglaj Mata temple to celebrate yatra [pilgrimage] in Baluchistan.”

 

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