4 most visited shrines in Pakistan

Sarfraz Ali 07:39 PM | 28 Apr, 2017
4 most visited shrines in Pakistan
One of the key areas of tourism is religious tourism which has experienced substantial growth in Pakistan over the years. The reason behind the increment in religious tourists, belonging to various faiths, visiting the country is to perform pilgrimage of their respective Holy places.

In religious tourism, there are a number of branches including Sufism. As the main religion in the country is Islam, the influence that Sufism has in Pakistan is very prominent. When we turn towards history, we can see that Sufis played a crucial role in the spread of Islam in the sub-continent.

Their role in spreading Islam has attracted a large number of devotees towards themselves who visit the shrines of these Sufis in search of spiritual healing or for getting wishes and prayers fulfilled.

Seeing the eminent influence that these Sufis have had on the lives of thousands of people, Jovago Pakistan brings you a list of 4 most visited shrines in Pakistan.

Shrine of Sachal Sarmast, Khairpur

One of the two main disciples of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast is laid to rest in the city of Khairpur. Although his actual name was Abdul Wahab, he is popularly known as Sachal Sarmast which literally means 'truthful mystic'. Through his poetry, which is written in seven different languages including Sindhi, Seraiki and Persian, he spread the message of divine love which embodied the principles of mysticism. As a result, he was given the titles of Haft-i-Zuban Shair (the writer of seven languages) and Sartaj-us-Shuara by his devotees.

Shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Karachi

Believed to be protecting the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan from cyclones and other natural disasters, the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is one of the most visited shrines in the country. Every year, millions of devotees pay homage to the saint and get their wishes fulfilled. A huge gala, spanning over three days, is held at his shrine in the month of December to commemorate Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s anniversary.

Shrine of Dataa Ganj Bakhsh, Lahore

Considered to be one of the oldest shrines in the South Asian region, the mausoleum of Data Ganj Bakhsh is situated in the city of Lahore near the Bhati gate. Although the saint was christened with the name of Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery, he was given the title of Dataa because of his benevolent nature. The white marble mausoleum of Data Ganj Bakhsh was originally constructed by  Sultan Zakiruddin Ibrahim of Ghaznavi.

Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan Sharif

Known to be one of the two and a half qalandars on Earth, Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s original name was Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi. He was a 12th century Sufi who was instructed to settle in the Indian subcontinent to spread the word of God. Whilst visiting the shrine, attending the dhamaal, which is a type of music played by beating giant drums, at maghrib is a must.

If you have information on any other shrine in Pakistan that attracts a large number of devotees towards itself, then do share it with us in the comment section below.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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