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Sindh – the land of sufi saints

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Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam

The tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam was built between 1320 and 1324, is an unmatched pre-Moghul masterpiece. The tomb is located on the southwest side of the Fort premises. This elegant building is an octagon, 51 feet 9 inches in diameter internally, with walls 41 feet 4 inches high and 13 feet 3 inches thick, supported at the angles by sloping towers. Over this is a smaller octagon 25 feet 8 inches, on the exterior side, and 26 feet 10 inches high, leaving a narrow passage all round the top of the lower storey for the Moazzan, or public caller to prayers. The whole is surmounted by a hemispherical dome of 58 feet external diameter. The total height of the building, including a plinth of 3 feet, is 100 feet. As it stands on the high ground, the total height above the road level is 150 feet. (text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rukn-e-Alam).

Sachal Sarmast:

Sachal Sarmast (1739-1829) is renowned Sufi Saint & poet from Sindh. The shrine of Sachal Sarmast is in village Daraza of district Khairpur Mirs, Sindh, Pakistan. Kashi gari is traditional blue tile work of Sindh seen on many tombs and other historical places and Sachal Sarmat’s tomb is a fine example of this kind of tilework.

Tomb of Bibi Jawindi:

Bibi Jawindi, the great granddaughter of the saint Jahaniyan Jahangasht, was known for her piety. Her tomb is considered one of the most important, and the most ornate, sites in the town of Uch, which was the centre of Sufism under the Delhi sultanate. In plan it is octagonal on the exterior, with the interior walls angled to form a circle. The thick walls rise to two stories, transforming by way of squinches into a sixteen-sided drum upon which a dome sits, supported by bell-shaped brackets. Both the interior and exterior walls are decorated with a profusion of faience revetment.

 

 

 

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