The King and the Fisherwoman: A true love story or a myth?

01:21 PM | 23 Aug, 2017
The King and the Fisherwoman: A true love story or a myth?
Every year, millions of tourists flock to the Taj Mahal, the famous monument along the banks of the River Yamuna in Agra, India, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen.  In the Sindh province of Pakistan, another king is also said to have erected a monument to his favourite queen. But this structure is less elaborate, less famous, and consequently less visited, perhaps because of its remoteness and uncertain origins.

Located 122 kilometres from Karachi in the Thatta district of Sindh, Keenjhar Lake is a fairly popular tourist spot, and in the middle of the lake is a circular tomb that king Jam Tamachi is said to have built for his beloved wife Noori.

In the Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's Shah jo Risalo, the Sur Kamod relates the story of how Jam Tamachi, the ruler of Thatta in Sindh, lost his heart to the fisherwoman Noori.  Ignoring class differences, Tamachi married her, and she soon became the most beloved of his seven wives, winning him over with her humility, simplicity, and refusal to forget who she really was – a fisherman’s daughter. Some versions of the story describe how others in the palace plotted to poison the king’s heart against her. But the intrigues only made Jam Tamachi love Noori more passionately than before.

Despite neighbouring industries muddying the lake with their waste, its blue waters are still a pleasant and serene sight as one takes a boat ride to the shrine. A series of steps on one side of the tomb lead to the gravesite- a casket covered by a cloth of green and gold, which is pinned down with boulders. Here devotees mill around the casket- some praying, some taking pictures, and others chatting, as the guide retells the story of the fisherman’s daughter and her king. The tomb may not match the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, but its story is equally touching.

Historians believe that Jam Tamachi was a real king, who ruled over Sindh in the 14th century.

Whether Noori really existed, or whether she was only a figment of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s imagination, is unknown. But the shrine that is dedicated to her memory does exist, located near where the two lovers are believed to have first met, and where Noori is eternally surrounded by the waters of the lake that she loved.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 23 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 23, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.25 280.25
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.52 748.52
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.46 731.46
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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