Glimpses of KOT LAKHPAT in Gujarat

KOT LAKHPAT is notoriously infamous place in Pakistan near Lahore. Shaheed Bhagat Singh was hanged in the past and the latest Indian victim was Late Surjeet Singh. But, thre is another KOT LAKHPAT in our own Aryavart, Gujarat, Kuchchh.  Other day, Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) with his Candifloss visited this unique place.The place is now known as Ghost Town. BBD was informed that once upon a time this place was rice bowl and use to generate nearly a million Kauri (something like coins before mints were established) This place was built was by one Zamadar Fateh Muhammad during 1801 as a maritime port and was yielding one Lakh Kauri per day. Sindhu river used to pass through this place. The earthquake of 1819, created a natural dam and compelled the river to change the course of flow and started feeding Arabian Sea instead of Paddy fields. Now only Kureel forest in day time and scorpions after sunset.

During muslim invasion (around 1028 AD), the local Hindus under the leadership of Sonara Community, who protested forceful conversion and remained loyal to their faith under Samma rulers to avoid genocide moved to Kot Vigho and Kot Lakhpat.

Now, a unique place known as Lakhpat Gurudwara Sahib wonderfully managed and maintained by Udasi sect of Sikhs has been awarded by UNESCO is worth visiting. It is said that Guru Nanak Sahib on his way to Mecca stayed over this place. His Khadaun (footwear) and Palkhi – both are well maintained even now by the shrine.

Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple – not maintained at all is also a witness of the past. Sayyed Pir Shah Dargah and Nani mai ka dargah  (both managed by Pigeons) are also a wonderful place to see, with good motorable road.

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit