The Four Shrines of Maheshwari Meghwar Saints in Sindh belong to the Bar Mati Panth, which was initiated by Shree Dhanee Matang Dev in the 11th Century A.D. through preaching in Sindh and Kutch including some parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan. His descendant Shree Lurang Dev, Shree Matai Dev and Shree Mamai Dev extended the sacred cause to uplift the low caste people. Their shrines are now located in the Southern part of Sindh, that are visited as centers of pilgrimages by the Maheshwari Meghwar followers. This introductory paper will contribute information on the historical background of Shrines in the context of the Panth. The simplicity of the shrines and the heavily performed pilgrimage rituals thereon are dominated by the complex methodology and symbolism of the Panth that still preserve the original identity of these shrines.

Original source provided by:
Mohan Devraj THONTYA (Karachi University)

About him
Mohan Devraj THONTYA is currently studying in Mphill/PhD in the Department of General History, University of Karachi working on the subject Thesis: History and Culture of Meghwars: From the earliest times to the modern age under the supervision of Prof Dr Javed Husain. He has published several papers, including “Sammatri” in “Karachi” published by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Chair, University of Karachi, in November,2000. Mohan Devraj Thontya did extensive fieldwork for collecting hundreds of manuscripts from the Maheshwari Meghwars tradition. Thanks to his mastery of many languages, he is preparing a translation in English of the most important pieces.

10 Response Comments

  • jayesh bhoiyaJanuary 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hi

    Dharmachar to all my Maheshawary Brothers.

    in Kidana complex Maghsnani are Kidana village 6, jagdamba society 12, Gaytri nagar 3, total 21 mag snanhni are in magsnahn varat,

    thanks
    jayesh bhoiya

  • dr nitin vinzodaFebruary 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    dhamachar &congratulation to devraj .doing phd in meghwar caste please tell me the name of dalit –or meghwar caste king or ruller of sindh ‘before 10’th century i think approximately 7’th or 8’th cent.it is mention in ancient indian history’ please tell me the name of dalit (sudraa)meghwar ruller of sindh @@@ thanks——-from dr nitin vinzoda jamnagar gujrat

  • dr nitin vinzodaFebruary 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    to devraj dhamachar .your sindh is beautiful ‘i am looking ktn sindhi channel. in their program ‘showing the grass hut of meghwar females going with pot of water.over the head and regarding dalit koli caste .@from dr nitin vinzoda ‘jamnagar

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