Hindu and Sikh history / heritage

Krishna Mandir.
Location: Rawalpindi Pakistan.
Occasion: Holi (Festival of Colours).

Pakistani Hindus are Hindus of full or partial Pakistani descent. The Hindus constitute 1.7% of Pakistan’s population.

After Pakistan gained independence from Britain on 14 August 1947, approximately 6 million of the country’s minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India.[citation needed] Similarly, nearly an equal number of Muslims left India to live in Pakistan. The 1998 census of Pakistan recorded less than 2.5 million Hindus.[citation needed] The overwhelming majority of Hindus in Pakistan are concentrated in the Sindh province.

Banyan, locally knows as Borh, is an important part of the landscape, fiction and life of the Indian sub-continent. It is an important part of rural life; huge Banyan trees spread their wide canopy of wide green leaves over large areas and witness many activities of rural life. A Banyan tree provides a shady playground for kids, a community center for villagers, a sitting and resting place for travellers. It is believed that the name of Banyan tree is derived from the word ‘banya’, which means ‘trader’. In old days, Hindu traders of the Indian sub-continent dominated most of the trade in the region. They used to travel for business purposes and often took rest and do business under this tree. Later, English writers started mentioning Banyan tree as the tree under which Hindu merchants would conduct their business.

Pre-Partition House in Sukho Punjab Pakistan where master Autar Singh used to live.
I will translate this video very soon.

This video is translated in English.

With this video i want to show how badly the historic constructions are taken care of in Pakistan. I wish the government of Pakistan would take notice of this and make sure that Pakistans rich heritage is preserved.

This is SINGH SABHA Gurdwara located in Dualtala Punjab Pakistan.
The date that the Daultala locality was established is unknown, there are a number of historical buildings like the Gurdwara dating back to the early 20th century, and the Government High School for boys dating back to 1926. Other historical evidence is the Gravestones near the High school. That dates back to the year 1700 – or the era before British Raj was established across the sub-continent.

The presence of the Gurdwara shows that a large number of Sikh resided in Daultala and the surrounding areas. These Sikhs were landlords, businessmen and religious scholars. Few good names among teachers are still remembered by the peoples of that age with honour.
No evidence is there about the presence of Hindus in the village, while Muslim were present here in a large number.

The tribes of Daultala include the Syeds, Gujjars, Rajputs (including Chohan Rajput, Bhakral, Baghial, Jatal, Minhas, Bhatti, Janjua Rajput), Mughal, and Awan.

The music I did choose for this video is of: Babu rajab ali ‘s kavishri -sung by lalji bhaike walian da jatha.

The building is also called Mari. There are many Mari’s in Punjab. If someone knows the history of Mari’s then please explain. As far as i know it was built by wealthy Sikhs, Muslims and Hindu’s or anyone who could afford. Some might wonder why i am continuesly focussing on the man with my camera but its because i needed good audio thats why. Looking back i feel i should have taken more pictures of the MARI but still i hope people get the picture how it looks like.


Gujar Khan

Gujar Khan is a city in Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is the headquarters of Gujar Khan Tehsil, the largest tehsil of Punjab. It is approximately 55 kilometres southeast of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan and 220 km to the north west of Lahore, capital of Punjab. Gujar Khan is bounded on the north by Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock, on the south by Jhelum, Lahore and Gujrat, on the east by Azad Kashmir and Kahuta and on the west by Chakwal and Khushab. The city has a population of approximately 73,000. Gujar Khan lies at the heart of the Pothohar cultural region. The area has considerable natural resources in the form of petroleum and natural gas.


BAQRA MANDI “Annual Cattle Market” Gujar Khan for Eid al-Adha (English Translation)

Annual Cattle Market (Baqra Mandi) Gujar Khan for Eid al-Adha, Punjab Pakistan.

108 year old man in Gujar Khan Punjab Pakistan (English Subtitles)

Traditional Atta “Flour” Chakki “Mill” in Punjab Pakistan¬†

Chakki is a Punjabi term for a small set of 2 millstones (usually less than 24″ in diameter) used to grind corn into flour. As late as the 1950s it was common for most households in Punjab to have a “Chakki”. As grains tend to go rancid much quicker when they are ground the device allowed each household to mill only as much as was needed each day. The upper stone had a handle attached that allowed it to be rotated. The upper stone has a hole in the center into which the grain was poured. Grains could be left coarse or milled to a fine powder, such as atta (flour) or grist) which is used to make chappatis (flat bread), rotis, naans or parohtas, etc.

With the advent of commercial flour mills in Punjab, the tradition of having a Chakki in every household (once just as common as microwave ovens are today) has disappeared. Today with the concern for health modern appliances such as mixers or food processors often come with attachments that allow grains to be milled quickly at home again.

Hyaatsar Road, Gujar Khan, Punjab, Pakistan

Gujar Khan Railway Crossing

Gujar Khan Railway Rikshaw Drive

Cattle Market Gujar Khan Pakistan (With English Translation)

(This video has English translations)

Chicken tikka is a chicken dish originating in the South Asia where it remains popular in both Pakistan and India. It is traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers in a clay-based oven called a tandoor after marinating in spices and yogurt – essentially a boneless version of tandoori chicken.

The word tikka means “bits” or “pieces”. It is also a chicken dish served in Punjabi cuisine. The Punjabi version of the dish, however, is grilled over red-hot coals, and does not always contain boneless pieces. The pieces are brushed with ghee (clarified butter) at intervals to increase its flavour, while being continuously fanned. It is typically eaten with green coriander and tamarind chutney served with onion rings and lemon, or used in preparing a chicken tikka masala.