NAING: A MESMERIZING SMALL OASIS OF SINDH PROVINCE

Naing, also known as Naing Sharif or Naig, is a small oasis watered by a hot sulphur spring at the foot of the Kirthar Hills. It is situated at the 45 kilometers (28 mi) or 1.5 hours from the region of Sehwan, taking the road south of Manchar Lake and passing through the place of Kai. Just outside Naing the remnants of a historical fort are located on top of a low hill, and nearby the hot sulphur spring bubbles gently up in a clear pool.

Naing Valley, with the Bado on the side of east and the Bhit section of Khirthar on the side of west, is on the road passing through the Jhangara and Bajara. Date palm trees are discovered throughout the valley, along with peepal trees, which were planted during the time period of Buddhist era. The village takes its name from the Naing stream that waters the valley. The word ‘Naing’ is derived either from the Sindhi language word Ningh (a big earthen pot in which corn and other grains are cleaned) or Nihing (edge) because the village seems like Ningh from the hills and lies on the Nihing of the stream.

There are 4 ancient sites around the Naing Valley: Lakhmir ji Maari, stupa, Mai Rohi, and tomb of Pir Qamber Ali Shah (I).

Lakhmir-Ji-Maari or Lakhshmir is an attractive mound referred to chalcolithic period. It lies to the side of south of the Naing village on a high hill on the way to Nighawal. This is a historical route once used by Jogis and mystics. It leads from Sehwan to Naig, Nigawal, Lahoot and Hinglaj. Fragments of chalcolithic pottery are scattered all over the hill of Lakhmir and also in the place around its base. At the base of the hill, there is debris and other stone walls that appear to belong to the prehistoric time period. Specimens of black-on-red pottery of the Indus type and a fort could also be observed.

The stupa and the unbuilt Kot are situated 2 kilometers north of Naing Village a top of the hill. It is constructed with stones. The stupa has a ladder from the south side, and its height is almost 15 feet.

Mai Rohi is named after the daughter of a very cruel king Lakhmir who is claimed to have been fossilized by Hazrat Ali. A nearby well is also considered to be linked to Hazrat Ali. It is said that the well begins to bubble when the pure of heart say: “Ya Ali!” It is a stop for pilgrims walking from the region of Sehwan to Shah Nurani after the urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Tomb of Pir Qamber Ali Shah (I) whose ancestors shifted from Jilan of Iran to Kalat and Zeedi of Baluchistan.

 

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