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Sohni Mahiwal (Urdu/Punjabi: سوہنی مہیوالis one of the four popular tragic romances of the Sindh, and Punjab in Pakistan. This is one of the four identity of Pakistans and Punjab Literature. Sohni lived in Punjab (now Pakistan) followed by Heer Ranjha, Mirza Sahiba and Sassi Punnun. The story is one of the most prominent examples of medieval poetic legends in the Punjabi, Seraiki and Sindhi languages.
Sohni, the potter's daughter
Sohni was the daughter of a potter named lula, who lived in Gujrat town in Pakistan, in late Mughal period which is around 18th centuary, India was a subcontinent now the region of Sohnis home is Punjab in Pakistan. Near the River chenab there was caravan trade route between Bukhara and Delhi. As soon as the 'Surahis' (water pitchers) and mugs came off the wheels, she would draw floral designs on them and transform them into masterpieces of art.
Izzat Baig of Bukhara
Izzat Baig, the rich trader from Bukhara (Uzbekistan), came to India on business but when he saw the beautiful Sohni in the town of Gujrat in Punjab (now punjab in Pakistan), he was completely enchanted. Instead of keeping 'mohars' (gold coins) in his pockets, he roamed around with his pockets full of love. Just to get a glimpse of Sohni, he would end up buying the water pitchers and mugs everyday. Sohni lost her heart to Izzat Baig. Instead of making floral designs on earthenware, she started building castles of love in her dreams. Izzat Baig sent off his companions to Bukhara. He took up the job of a servant in the house of Tula, Sohni's father. He would even take their buffaloes for grazing. Soon, he came to be known as "Mahiwal"(buffalo herder).
When the people started spreading rumours about the love of Sohni and Mahiwal, without her consent her parents arranged her marriage with another potter.
when Sohni tried to cross the river with the help of the pitcher. Sohni opened it. Sohni would come by the riverside and Izzat Baig would swim across the river to meet her. The next day. It is said that once. but they could not pack off her love in any doli (box).Suddenly. Her parents bundled her off in the doli (palanquin). Sohni's Tomb . Izzat Baig renounced the world and started living like a "faqir" (hermit) in a small hut across the river. The earth of Sohni’s land was like a dargah (shrine) for him. Sohni was helpless and in a poignant state. Mahiwal saw Sohni drowning and jumped into the river and drowned as well. Soon. when the world was fast asleep. From the next day. his own people and his world. Taking advantage of the darkness of the night. the sister-in-law removed the hard baked pitcher and replaced it with an unbaked one. the rumours of their romantic rendezvous spread. He had forgotten his own land. Sohni started swimming across the river with the help of an earthen pitcher as Izzat Baig was so badly wounded and could not swim across the river. That night. saw the wound and cried. He would regularly roast a fish and bring it for her. From the other side of the river. Mahiwal cut a piece of his thigh and roasted it. when due to high tide he could not catch a fish. Seeing the bandage on his thigh. one day his "barat" (marriage party) arrived at the threshold of her house. it dissolved in the water and Sohni drowned in the river. One-day Sohni’s sister-in-law followed her and saw the hiding place where Sohni used to keep her earthen pitcher among the bushes.
com . Sindh. According to the legend the bodies of Sohni Mahiwal were recovered from the River Indus near this city and hence are buried there. Email . Mohammed Abdul Hafeez B. India.Sohni lies buried in Shahdapur. SEARCH BY.Com. Translator of Book Muslim Saints and Mystics ( Tadhkiratal Awliya by Farid Eldin Attar) Hyderabad. hafeezanwar@yahoo. Pakistan. some 75 km from Hyderabad.