Haveli of Baba Bhuman Shah in Pakistan

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Haveli of Baba Bhuman Shah Ji in Pakistan

Baba Bhuman Shah was a prominent sadhu of Udasi Sikhs born in 1687 and died in 1762. Udasi section of Sikhs was quite popular in 19th century and had a large following in Punjab. Baba Bhuman Shah is still revered for his spiritual teachings among many Sikhs and Hindus. It is almost 150 kms from Lahore and 45 kms from Okara, 17 kms from Dipalpur on Haveli Lakha road.
The haveli though magnificent, is in a total state of disrepair. The occupants, who must be hundreds of people and dozens of families, appear to lack resources as well as will to maintain it. We met a person who showed us a part of the haveli, he was a refugee from district Hissar. But it is so badly divided between different families that it is difficult to access different parts of this huge haveli.
Bhuman Shah is a town and union council of Depalpur Tehsil in the Okara District of Punjab Province, Pakistan.

Eastern side of the haveli. (21.03.2011.)

 

View from the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

View from the roof of the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Another view of the haveli. (21.03.2011.)

 

An entrance to the haveli. (21.03.2011.)

 

A door inside the haveli. (21.03.2011.)

 

Interior portions of the haveli. (21.03.2011.)
Date of construction of this haveli is not known to me. But close to this haveli exists a big gurdwara, which according to Mr Iqbal Qaiser on a website allaboutsikhs.com, was constructed in 1910. It was a pleasant surprise to see this gurdwara in such a good condition and not occupied. I was told that Sikhs still come to this gurdwara and a couple of years ago a large number of them came here to offer their prayers.
Main entrance of the gurdwara Baba Bhumman Shah. (21.03.2011.)

 

View of the courtyard of gurdwara Bhumman Shah. (21.03.2011.)

 

A beautiful building in the gurdwara Bhumman Shah. (21.03.2011.)

 

Another view. (21.03.2011.)

 

Interior of the main prayer hall.

 

Children of a nearby school in Bhoman Shah village. (21.03.2011.)

 

View from the gallery of the prayer hall. (21.03.2011.)

 

View from the roof of the gurdwara Bhumman Shah. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Holy inscriptions in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Frescoes in the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

In addition to this gurdwara a big dharamsala, guest house for devotees, also exist beside this gurdwara. Which is also in occupied by dozens of families and divided haphazardly. But so far it is also in a good condition.
Front view of the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

View from the roof of the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Another view. You can see houses constructed in front of the gurdwara. (21.03.2011.)

 

Main street between gurdwara and dharamsala. (21.03.2011.)

 

View of the southern wall of dharamsala, from a lane. (21.03.2011.)
Main entrance of this gurdwara complex, the main gate on the road. (21.03.2011.)

 

It is a big complex housing a gurdwara, dharamsala and a haveli. I am sure that not many such monuments exist in Pakistan. Repair and maintenance can turn it into a master piece of traditional art and architecture. It can house a big museum of art, culture and history of this region. With proper arrangements, it can be turned into a big tourist attraction for Pakistani and Indian, especially Sikh, tourists.

Article written by:

Tariq Amir
June 04, 2014.
Doha – Qatar
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Source: http://pakgeotagging.blogspot.com/2014/06/bhoman-shah-gurdwara-of-bhumman-shah.html
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