Tuesday, 12 November 2019

116 - Samadhis at Thakkarke (district Sialkot)

About fifteen kilometers from Gujranwala towards Daska, and just five kilometers north of Nandipur, is a small village Thakkarke, surrounded by beautiful green fields. Marala-Ravi Link Canal flows less than two kilometers in the east. It is a pleasure to travel in such a beautiful area. 

It is a small village and the only thing significant about it, are four Samadhis located just north of this village. Samadhi is a building that is constructed in memory of a deceased person by Hindus and Sikhs. These samadhis belong to a prominent Sikh family, who had large landholdings in this area and the extended family possessed many villages, including Thakkarke. A person informed me that a few persons of that family embraced Islam and did not migrate in 1947 and they still live nearby.  

The samadhis are located at  32°17'29.00"N;  74°15'20.51"E

Samadhis at Thakkarke. (23.07.2019)

Another view of the samadhis. (23.07.2019)

A samadhi and its anteroom. (23.07.2019) 

Another Samadhi. (23.07.2019)

Two samadhis. (23.07.2019)


The writer. (23.07.2019)

These samadhis are located in a plot of approximately 3 kanals, 1/3 acre

Another view. (23.07.2019)

Another view. (23.07.2019) 

The Samadhis are mostly in bad condition and collapsing. (23.07.2019)



The fourth Samadhis is at a distance of nearly 200 m, from the other three Samadhis. (23.07.2019)

 Another view of the fourth Samadhi. (23.07.2019)
A beautiful view of the fourth Samadhi. (23.07.2019)

A view of the complex. (23.07.2019)

A deorhi in front of the Samadhi complex. (23.07.2019)

Deorhi and the Samadhis in the back. (23.07.2019)

A gaping hole in the deorhi. (23.07.2019)

The deorhi is mostly a ruin. The roofs have already collapsed. (23.07.2019)

The entrance of the building. (23.07.2019)

Paintings on partially standing boundary wall. (23.07.2019)

The deorhi is a two storey building. (23.07.2019)

The side view of the building. (23.07.2019)

These Samadhis are beautiful buildings and good examples of traditional architecture. The Samadhis are situated in an area that can easily be converted into a hub of tourism in Pakistan. These are in urgent need of repair, but with some effort, a few structures can easily be restored to their original beauty. 

Tariq Amir
November 12, 2019.
Doha - Qatar.

115 - Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi: Fateh Bhinder (district Sialkot)

Almost twenty kilometers from Gujranwala city, on the Daska Road, deep in the rural area five kilometers off the road, westward, is a small village Fateh Bhinder. Unlike some other villages in the neighbourhood, it does not seem to be very prosperous. A big canal (probably Marala-Ravi Link Canal) passes near the village and the whole area is lush green. Especially in the rainy season of July, the natural beauty, despite intense humidity was wonderful. 

The only significant thing about this village is an old gurdwara, on the outskirts of the village. We reached there in the late afternoon and the light was fast diminishing. The people were busy with their daily chores. The gurdwara is located at  32°19'16.82"N;  74°17'16.51"E

The building is in very bad shape and huge cracks have appeared in the structure. It is constructed on higher ground and is situated at the southern edge of the village. It is not clear when the present building was constructed, but probably in the early decades of the twentieth century. 

The name Pehli Patshahi (the First Kingdom) shows it association with the first Guru Baba Nanak Dev ji, who came here, as one plaque suggests, from Sialkot from Babe Di Ber. 

A view of the gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Fateh Bhinder. (23.07.2019).

A view from the north-east. (23.07.2019).

A view from the north. (23.07.2019).

A front view of the gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Fateh Bhinder. (23.07.2019).

A closer view of the gurdwara. (23.07.2019).

The ground floor. (23.07.2019).

The upper portion of the building. (23.07.2019).

Doors and windows of the building. (23.07.2019).

੧ ਓ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤੇਹ
ਗੁਰਦਵਾਰਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਰ
ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਕੀਬਾਬੇ ਦ ਬੇਰ ਤੋਂ ਏਥੇ ਆਏ

1 اونکارسری واہِ گرو جی کی فتح
گوردوارہ نانک سر
سری گرو نانک دیو جی کا 
بابے دی بیر توں ایتھے آئے

Gurdwara Nanak Sar. Honourable Gur Nanak Dev ji came here from Babe Di Ber (Sialkot) 

Stairs to approach the first floor and the roof. (23.07.2019).

The western side. (23.07.2019).

Cracks in the building are quite visible. (23.07.2019).

A view from the south. (23.07.2019). 

A view from the east. (23.07.2019).

The condition of the interior of the building is even worse. Roofs are collapsing and there are heaps of debris or buffalo dung.

The internal arches of the gurdwara. (23.07.2019).

Roofs are collapsing and the whole building is quite unsafe. (23.07.2019).

Gapes in the first floor. (23.07.2019).

Another view of the ground floor. (23.07.2019).

The devastation inside the building. (23.07.2019).

 A glimpse of the beauty of the building. (23.07.2019).

The inside view of the two floors. (23.07.2019).

A bridge over Marala-Ravi Link Canal, near Fateh Bhinder. (23.07.2019).

Marala-Ravi Link Canal, near Fateh Bhinder. (23.07.2019).

Sahibzada Shah Sultan. (23.07.2019).
I cannot thank him enough for driving the whole day in that hot and humid weather from place to place. We started from Sargodha and ended in the evening in Sialkot.

The writer. (23.07.2019).

A huge tree beside the canal. (23.07.2019).

Sunset at Fateh Bhinder. (23.07.2019).

As we can see in the pictures the building is now almost a ruin. Huge cracks have appeared in the whole structure and roof and floors inside have partially collapsed. But I think it still can be saved from total destruction. With some research and planning, this whole area can be developed for religious and historic tourism. 

Tariq Amir
November 12, 2019.
Doha - Qatar.