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Tando Allahyar

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Country  Pakistan
Time zone  PST (UTC+5)
Province  Sindh
District  Tando Allahyar
Local time  Sunday 3:41 PM
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Tando Allahyar (ٽنڊوالهيار, in Sindhi), location of Rama Pir temple, is a town in Sindh, Pakistan. It is the capital of Tando Allahyar District.

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Map of Tando Allahyar, Pakistan

History

Tando Allahyar was founded during the rule of Talpur, of the Mir clan. When Bachal Yousfani was mayor, inns and guest houses were built as well as colonies for residents and jobs were created.

Watayo Faqir's shrine

The shrine of the sindhi oracle and Sufi poet Watayo Faqir lies at Kuba Shareef near Rashidabad.

1790 fort construction

Tando Allahyar was founded in 1709 when Talpur constructed a mud and clay fort about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the present day Tando Allahyar town center. The fort was built to provide security for the Mir and the people of the area. It also functioned as a trading post. As the township developed around the fort, it was known as "Allahyar Jo Tando" (Allahyar's Town). The fort is now called "Kacho Qilo". Some walls, decorated at the time of the Mir remain.

British rule

In 1906, during the British Raj, a railway station was established. It reflected the town's growing importance as a centre of agriculture and trade. The name of the town changed from "Allahyar Jo Tando" to "Tando Allahyar". The British Raj took the fort for its official use.

Canal

In 1933, a canal was constructed. It further increased Tando Allahyar's importance in agriculture and trade.

Independence

Prior to 1947, the majority of inhabitants of Tando Allahyar were Hindu. The temple of Baba Ramdevji Rama-Pir was a symbol of Hindu–Muslim unity and peaceful co-existence. After independence of Pakistan, many Hindu followers left. Nevertheless, the temple, located in the town centre, remains a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims.

The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim refugees from India settled in the Tando Allahyar District.

Ramapir Temple Tando Allahyar

The Rama Pir Mandir is a temple of Ramdev Pir in Tando Allahyar, District Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan. Some preliminary reflections related to its History, Architecture & Symbolism. The temple of Rama Pir is one of the third largest pilgrimage sites for the Hindus in Sindh. Situated in the heart of Tando Allahyar in Sindh. Every year in Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar, here the 3 days Mela arranged by Ramapir Sheva Mandli.

Legend

According to a legend, about 150 years ago, a man of Khatri community of Tando Allahyar took a vow that if he was blessed with a son, he will arrange the "Mela" (fair) of Rama Pir in Tando Allahyar Sindh. As the wish of this Khatri community man was fulfilled, he brought an earthen lamp from the original temple of Rama Pir in Rajasthan, India to Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan and built a temple here. After worshiping to "Shree Ramapir" his wish was fulfilled and then he build this temple. In the mela carrying "Dajja" (flags) in their hands, they recite "Bhajans" whole night sitting outside the city and early in the morning at 5:00AM they hoist "Dajja" at the temple by dancing on the beat of drums and trumpets. Thousands of devotees, including man, women and children, traveled on foot to pay homage to Rama Pir. They had brought flags which were hoisted at the temple. Although Ramdev alias Rama Pir, a Hindu saint of 19th century, was cremated in Rajasthan, but he had come to Tando Allahyar and his devotees had constructed a temple in his memory at the place where he had worshiped as far back as 1800. Since then, a fair is held at the Rama Pir temple by his devotees every year.

Location

Tando Allahyar lies 25 miles (40 km) north east of Hyderabad, on the road between Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas. Tando Allahyar is a railway hub for the Sindh region. Early in the nineteenth century, members of the Bozdar family, a community from the Suleiman Mountains, founded the settlements of Khan Muhammad Bozdar (a nearby village of fifty-two houses), Massu Bozdar and Dhangano Bozdar.

Population

As of 2010 the population of Tando Allahyar and its immediate surrounds was 400,000. 30% of the population are Muslim immigrants from India who arrived after independence of Pakistan in 1947. 70% are indigenous Sindhi inhabitants. There are significant number of Urdu, Baloch, Punjabi, and Pashto speaking people in Tando Allahyar.

Climate

Tando Allahyar is hot throughout the year. Nights of Tando Allahyar are so pleasant because of Cool breezes throughout the year.

Agriculture

Tando Allahyar is one of Pakistan's richest agricultural regions. Cash crops like sugarcane, wheat, onion and cotton are cultivated. Mangoes and bananas are also grown. There are sugar mills and some cotton ginning factories.

Religion

Tando Allahyar's population is predominantly [shia and Sunni Islam]. There is a small Hindu community. Sufism is important in both cultures. Also a great sufi Pir Abu Saalim Shaheeni Saifi Naqshbandia Aastana situated at Chambar Naka. where the dozens of sufi on every thursday takes Zikr e Allah and learn Sufism.

Culture

Tando Allahyar has a rich traditional Sindhi culture. Women may wear a Shalwar Kameez but often wear the traditional dress, the gharara or "parro". Traditionally, many bangles are worn on the arms. Men wear a Shalwar Kameez distinguished by broader bottoms and a traditional Sindhi style cap. The youth may appear in western styles.

Languages

Sindhi, Siraiki and Urdu, are the main languages spoken. Other languages include Khanzada, jatki, Marwari, Balochi Punjabi and Brahui as well some Dravidian languages.

Architecture

Tando Allahyar is a bustling town with mango tree lined streets. Old buildings are topped by chimney like air cooling devices that catch the breeze.

Education

Rates of literacy are greater in the urban than the rural areas of Tando Allahyar. Awareness and availability of education is improving. There are both public and private educational institutions for primary, middle and secondary education in Tando Allahyara but no any university .

References

Tando Allahyar Wikipedia


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