History and Transformation: A Case Study of Jhule Lal in Sindh, Pakistan
Keywords:Juhle Lal, Shared Somplex, Sindh, Sindhi Hindus, Sindhi Muslims, Transformation
This research paper explores the historical evolution and transformation of Jhule Lal in Sindh, Pakistan, examining the contrasting perspectives of Sindhi Hindus and Sindhi Muslims. It delves into the ongoing process of reshaping the shared Jhule Lal complex by both communities. Sindhi Hindus hold greater influence, as they control the entire management and decision-making process, while Sindhi Muslims lack power and authority, requiring Hindu consent for unilateral decisions. The Jhule Lal complex, situated adjacent to the Balanbo Sahib area, consists of a primary shrine, a mosque, and the Jot's room/temple. Previously, Muslim followers visited the Balanbo Sahib area for rituals, but this practice ceased following its transformation. Hindus introduced a Shiv temple, an equestrian statue, and adorned the main gates with Hindu symbols. The study identifies a significant shift in the shared Jhule Lal complex in 2017, wherein Hindu patrons declared Jhule Lal as a Hindu Pir within the main shrine. Conversely, the Muslim community's transformation efforts are also evident in this study, with Muslim patrons placing the Holy Quran inside the shrine and affixing Islamic religious stickers on the shrine walls. Additionally, Muslims have revitalized the mosque within the complex.
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