ARFA KARIM PRIDE OF PAKISTAN

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

KEENJHAR LAKE THATTA ,SIND,PAKISTAN


GRAVE OF NOORI JAM TAMACHI





















KEENJHAR LAKE

Kalri Lake (Urdu: کلری جھیل) predominantly called as Keenjhar Lake (Urdu: کینجھر جھیل) is located in Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan.

Kalri Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan. It plays a substantial ecological role in the functioning of the Indus River basin. It is extremely important for a wide variety of breeding, passage and wintering waterbirds. The mid-winter waterbird counts of the late 1980s averaged 140,000 birds per winter.

The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori's grave. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the shrine.

Who were Noori and Jam Tamachi?

Noori Jam Tamachi is a mythical Sindhi folk tale which happened in the region of Sindh, Pakistan. It is a tragic love story, similar to Romeo and Juliet, between King Jam Tamachi, belonging to Unar tribe, Noori, belonging to community of fishermen (Muhanas).

According to the legend, Noori was buried in the Kalri Lake. Today there is a mausoleum in the middle of the lake for Noori that is visited by hundreds of devotees daily.

The legend has been retold countless times, and is often presented as metaphor for divine love by Sufis. One of its most famous renderings is in Sindhi poetry by Shah Abdul Latif Bhita'i in his Shah Jo Risalo. The legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the Kalri Lake in Pakistan, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noor's grave. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the shrine.

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