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Cradle of tolerance: Preserving a tradition of Jhule Lal



KARACHI: The investigate of Sufi saint Jhule Lal, also famous as Udero Lal, is an interdisciplinary theme and requires multi-faceted research-oriented approach, pronounced Michel Boivin.

Boivin is a investigate associate during a French National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) and a member of a Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) during a School for Advanced Studies in a Social Sciences (EHESS).

He was vocalization while presenting a provincial news of Udero Lal Research Project (ULRP) fieldwork (April and Oct 2016) during a presentation, patrician ‘Jhule Lal during a Crossroad’, during Alliance Française de Karachi on Friday evening. The ULRP is an general and multidisciplinary plan saved by a NCSR and hosted by a CEIAS.

Talking about a project, Boivin pronounced many angles of a plan are nonetheless to be completed. According to him, a singular viewpoint such as anthropological, chronological or architectural is not adequate to know a several traditions of Jhule Lal. Due to this, a plan has been divided into 3 tools – literary and visible construction of a figure, management and dedicated space and territories and structure of a dedicated places.

The dual sites that a plan is focusing on are a categorical tabernacle of Udero Lal, a darbar located 60 kilometres from Hyderabad and another Jhule Lal Mandir in Tando Adam, he said, adding that a darbar is a biggest site clinging to Jhule Lal.

Speaking about a traditions of Jhule Lal, he referred to initial announcement in 1890 and before that there were usually verbal traditions.

Elements of Hinduism

Jhule Lal is represented in roughly any Hindu church in Sindh. However, there are some specific traditions and panths [paths] in that he is ordinarily represented, pronounced Zahida Rehman Jatt of University of Sindh’s anthropology department. Mentioning a famous panths, she remarked that they embody Nanakpanth, a supporters of Guru Nanak, and Udasipanth, a supporters of Baba Sri Chand.

She also pronounced that as per a people in several temples, both Guru Nanak and Jhule Lal are believed to be avatars of Vishnu. She combined that both a Daryapanthi [followers of river], who are compared with Udero Lal, and Nanakpanthi spaces have elements that are borrowed from any other and intermix. In many places, Jhule Lal and Guru Nanak are represented side by side, she remarked. The tabernacle is a common place for both a Muslims and a Hindus and there is no community disproportion or loathing among a worshipers during a tabernacle of Jhule Lal, she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, Oct 9th, 2016.

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