Hindu Heritage Tour
Day 01 Meet on arrival in Karachi Transfer to Hotel Overnight at hotel
Day 02 Morning tour of Karachi we will begin our tour with the Old Shiv temple of Clifton later we will visit Clifton beach, Defense mosque Jinnah Mausoleum and then we will visit the National museum of Pakistan where we will learn a lot about the history of the country there a rich Hindu gallery in the museum which houses some of the oldest objects of Hindu religion. Afternoon free for shopping, evening dinner outside overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Early morning 6AM we will drive to Las Bela to see the Asthan of Hinglaj Matajee one of the most important Teerath in the subcontinent. We will return to Karachi late in the evening. Overnight at hotel
Day 04 Early morning breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hyderabad vis Thatta enroute visit Chaukundi necropolis from 15th to 18th century Rectangular shaped Muslim graves depicting beautiful geometrical, floral & pectorial designs carved in sandstone. Mens graves have turbines on top and feminine graves have jewelery carved on them. We will then visit Banbhore where we will see the temple of daibal. Babnbhore was the first city where Arabs entered into India. This is also known as the gateway of Islam, We will later drive to Makli where we will visit famous architecture of the mausoleums at Makli which is similar to the architecture of Fatehpur Sikri. We will also visit a Hindu temple said to be from early 12th century. Later we will visit Shahjehan Mosque built 2 years after Tajmehal by Shahjehan. A brief stop will also be made at Keenjhar lake en-route to Hyderabad Overnight at hotel
Day 05 Full day tour of Hydeabad visit the famous Pakka Qila and Shahi bazaar Shopping and also visit the museums of Sindhology & Museum of Sindh both present excellent ethnological galleries. Overnight at hotel
Day 06 Today we will drive along the west bank of the river Indus to Larkana en-route we will visit the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and Manchar lake Overnight at hotel
Day 07 Early morning Drive to Moen Jo daro visit SD area the administrative are of the Moen Jo daro later visit DK area rich residential are of Moen Jo daro both sites will be visited with detailed explanation and complete historical archeological & cultural info will be given. The students will have the opportunity to examine every detail of the site and also witness the preservation activity being carried on the site. We will then visit the Archeological Site museum which carries artifacts from the stone age to pre-moen Jo daro culture to Moen Jo Daro culture. Vegetarian Lunch will be served at the rest house. Later we will drive to Sukkur where the boats will be ready for us to take us to the island of Sadh Belo in river Indus. This temple was built on the place where Baba Bankhandi (A sadu who left the worldly luxuries and made "Bun" Jungle his abode) It is said that Mata Sarsawai had appeared here to give her Darshan to the Sadhu and still pays visits. We will see different aspects of this temple and Hindus can do the rituals. Special Permission will be arranged from The Government of Sindh for this. Then we shall visit the Town of Sukkur Overnight at hotel
Day 08 Today we will drive to Multan via the Punjnad and Uch Sharief. You will see the life in Southern Punjab as you drive towards Uch you will visit the tombs of old Muslim Sufis who spread the teachings of unity and one-ness. Arrive In Multan in the evening. Overnight at hotel
Day 09 Morning Breakfast at Hotel. Full day Excursion to Chakwal to see the temple of Katasaraj. Overnight at hotel
Day 10 Early Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Lahore en-route visit Harrppa the sister city of Mohen Jo Daro. Harrappa was excavated in 1911 and a huge mass of artifacts from the Indus civilization was found here. You will see the Harrappa Site and museum in Detail. Evening Special Dinner at the famous food street in Lahore Overnight at hotel
Day 11 Full day tour of Lahore visit Lahore Fort witness the hindu influence on the architecture of Akbar, Visit the Sinkh galary to see articals from the Raja Ranjeet Singh period (1818) later visit the Sikh Gurdawara and Bdshahi mosque. In Lahore you will get to see the famous Anarkali bazaar where one can shop for dresses materials and handicrafts. Evening Drive to Wahgah border to witness the flag ceremony at the Pak-India Overnight at hotel
Day 12 Morning drive to Wahgah border for onward journey into India.
The seven temples at Katas — believed to have been built around 650 and 950 AD — are connected to one another by walkways. The name of the temple complex is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kataksha’ which means ‘tearful eyes’ and every spring and autumn, Hindu pilgrims from Pakistan and India visit the pond to bathe in it and ‘wash off their sins’.
Hinglaj Mata Mandir is a famous ‘shakti peetha’ of Goddess Sati. The cave temple is situated on the Hingol River Banks in Hinglaj, a town on the Makran coast in the Lasbela district of Balochistan, Pakistan, and is the middle of the Hingol National Park.
It is also known as ‘Hinglaj Devi‘, ‘Hingula Devi‘ and ‘Nani Mandir‘.
It is about 250 kilometres (160 mi) to the north-west of Karachi, 12 miles (19 km) inland from the Arabian Sea and 80 miles (130 km) to the west of the mouth of the Indus river.
There is no man-made image of the goddess. A small shapeless stone is worshipped as Hinglaj Mata. The stone is smeared with Sindoor (vermilion), which possibly gives the location its Sanskrit name Hingula, which is the root of the present-day name Hinglaj.
Sati’s head fell at this ‘Shakti Peeth‘ which is known as Hinglaj Temple and hence it became a renowned reverential place of Hindus.
The temple is held in high esteem by Hindus and Muslims alike; where Hindus revere it as a ‘Shakti Peeth’ or ‘Devi Mandir’, Muslims call it ‘Nani’ or ‘Bibi Nani’ ka mandir. Every year in April, a four day pilgrimage is organized to the Hinglaj Mandir and several devotees of all religions and faith throng its premises. The deity is also worshipped and visited by many Hindus in India.
Kularnava Tantra mentions 18 Pithas and mentions Hingula as the third one. In the Kubjika Tantra, Hingula is listed among the 42 Shakta or Siddha Pithas in which Hinglaj is at the fifth place.
The Pithanirnaya or Mahapithanirupana section from the Tantrachudamani originally listed 43 names, but names were added over time making it 51 Pithas. It details the Pitha-devata or Devi (name of goddess at the Pitha), the Kshastradishas (Bhairava) and the anga-pratyanga (limbs including ornaments of Sati). Hingula or Hingulata is the first in list, with the anga-pratyanga being Brahmarandhra (a suture in the crown of the head).
The Devi is known by several names such as Kottari, Kottavi, Kottarisha, and the Bhairava is Bhimalochana.
In the Shivasharitha, Hingula is again the first in a list of 55 Pithas. Brahmarandhra is the anga-pratyanga, the goddess is called Kottari and the Bhairava is Bhimalochana (located in Koteshwar, Kutch)
Legends of Hinglaj Mata
There are multiple legends connected to this place and one of them describes story of two princes named Hingol and Sundar, sons of Vichitra from Tatar Mongol Clan, who lived in the Treta yuga .
Their kingdom was close to China and they tormented the people. To free the people from their tyrant, the god Ganesha slew Sundar. Then, the people prayed to Devi to kill Hingol as well, to which she agreed and followed him to the cave, which is currently the Hinglaj Mata shrine.
Before he was killed, Hingol requested the goddess to name the place after him, which she granted.
Another legend is related to the caste Brahmakshatriya, who venerate Hinglaj Mata as their family deity. When the god Parashurama was persecuting kshatriyas (the warrior caste), some Brahmins (priest caste) provided protection to 12 kshatriyas and disguised them as Brahmins and they were also protected by Hinglaj Mata.
This caste traces its roots to the Brahmakshatriyas (Kshatriyas disguised as Brahmins).
Another variation of the tale is that the sage Dadhichi provided protection to Ratnasena, a king of Sindh, in his ashram (hermitage). However, Parashurama killed him when he ventured out.
His sons remained in the ashram. When Parashurama visited the ashram, they were disguised as Brahmins. One of them, Jayasena return to Sindh to rule the kingdom, armed with a protective mantra of Hinglaj Mata, given by Dadhici.
Hinglaj Mata not only protected Jayasena, but also ordered Parshurama to end his killing spree.
Hinglaj mata mandir is very old and has history of being in existence even before Mahabharata times (Dwapara Yuga).
Sindh ruler Jayadratha (Saindhava), brother-in-law of Kauravas built many temples around Hinglaj Mata Mandir.
Pilgrimage of Hinglaj Mata Mandir
Annual pilgrimage starts from Karachi every year in the month of April and people reach here after 4 hours drive.
The local Muslims also hold Hinglaj Mata in reverence and provide security to the shrine. They call the temple as the “Nani Mandir” (lit. “maternal grandmother’s temple”).
The goddess is herself called Bibi Nani (respected maternal grandmother). Bibi Nani may be the same as the goddess Nana, that appears on Kushan coins and was widely worshipped in West and Central Asia.
Local Muslim tribes, following an ancient tradition, also join the pilgrimage group and call the pilgrimage as the “Nani Ki Haj“.
Other places of worship in and around Hinglaj are: Ganesh Deva, Mata Kaali, Gurugorakh Nath Dooni, Braham Kudh, Tir Kundh, Gurunanak Kharao, Ramjarokha Bethak, Aneel Kundh On Chorasi Mountain, Chandra Goop, Khaririver and Aghore Pooja.
There are other Kaali (Goddess) temples in Pakistan, like the Kalka Cave Temple, Arore, near Rohri, Sindh, where mulsims too offer prayer along with hindus.