Umarkot fort is a famous fort situated in the city of Umerkot, Sindh, also known as Amarkot. Emperor Akbar was born in the area of Umarkot Fort when his father Humayun fled away from the military defeats at the hands of Sher Shah Suri on the day of 15 October 1542. Rana Parasad of the Umarkot, who had managed to gain power, had provided shelter to Mughal Emperor Humayun and it was there Hamida Bano Begum offered birth to young Akbar. After that, the Mughal Emperor Akbar became the Shahenshah of the Hindh and was a well known personality with both Hindus and Muslims. The Umerkot has various locations of historical importance such as Mughal emperor Akbar’s birthplace at the area of Umarkot Fort.
The fort which was previously the property of Hindu Rajput dynasty called as the Ranas of Umerkot has been taken over by that time Government after the emergence and formation of Pakistan. Although, Rana family yet have their jagir situated about the 16 kilometer away. The governorship and leadership of fort was possessed by the Rana Megraj.
Folklore of Umarkot Fort
Another important story regarding to Umarkot is that of Umar Marvi. Marvi was a very pretty young Thari girl abducted by the person Umar, the then ruler, who wished to marry her because of her beauty. Upon her denial, she was imprisoned in the ancient Umerkot Fort for several years until her final release. Due to her courage, Marvi is an ideal for the regional people.