Sind by Road: Thatta – A historical place of Mawlana Agha Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I

A narrow road along the eastern bank of the Keenjhar Lake leads to Amir Pir, another religious site in Thatta visited by thousands of devotees. A grand festival, commonly known as the Amir Pir Mela, is held here every year in the month of November.

The history of origin of the Mela is shrouded in mystery but the locals say Amir Pir is an important site for Ismailis where their imams came to visit the graves of soldiers who laid their lives in a battle defending Agha Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I. His son Agha Ali Shah, Aga Khan II also visited Amir Pir several times and stayed at the hilltop for days in remembrance of the loyal soldiers.

… Unlike the Quaid’s birthplace, historians have well documented the migration of Aga Khan I from Iran to Afghanistan and then to Jhirk after the breakout of Afghan War in 1839. We got permission to visit the small house Aga Khan I used as his residence and were delighted to see the historical building was being restored to its original shape in 1843.

Dabgir Mosque in Thatta, built c.1568 (Photo by Iqbal Khatri via The news on Sunday)
Dabgir Mosque in Thatta, built c.1568 (Photo by Iqbal Khatri via The news on Sunday)

Sindh by road

By Ijlal Hussainpur. Published on April 19, 2015

The sun was out but its warmth, made gentle by the morning breeze, was enough to move my spirit. I sat down on a seat carved out of stone in front of the tomb of Jam Nizamuddin. With my eyes closed I found myself in the company of saints, sufis, scholars and pilgrims; I could see khanqahs all over the place thronged by devotees from all parts of the subcontinent, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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