SADHU BELA: THE STUNNING ISLAND OF SUKKUR, PAKISTAN

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SADHU BELA: THE STUNNING ISLAND OF SUKKUR, PAKISTAN

Sadhu Bela (or Sat) is a beautiful island in Indus River near the city of Sukkur in Sindh province. Sadhu Bela is an island downstream of Bukkur Island and separated from it by a short stretch of river. It is an ancient Hindu temple located in the middle of River Indus on an island opposite Bunder wall. The island has 2 inlets, Sadh Belo and Din Belo. The astonishing island can be reached by a short boat ride from the region of Sukkur.

Baba Bankhandi Maharaj or Sadh Bela (sage of the jungle) had come to the island in the year of 1823, either from Kero Khetar near the city of Delhi or Nepal, and had selected Menak Parbat (the island where the temple stands) as his abode. The 8th Gaddi Nasheen of Baba Bankhandi Maharaj, Sant Harnam Das, initiated the construction of this temple in the year of 1889, when Baba Bankhandi passed away. The temple is made from Malagori marble from Jaipur, Rajasthan that keeps it cool in hot weather.

The holy temple is spread over nine acres and comprises a main place of worship (Asthan of Baba Bankhandi Maharaj), abodes for his ‘shish’ (students), a library which houses books on religion and Hindu mythology, separate ‘Bhandars’ (dining rooms) for females and males, separate places of worship for men and women, washrooms and a huge garden. The place is held in high esteem by Hindus throughout Sindh province and even in the India, occasionally attracting pilgrims from across the border.

 

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