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Takia Hazrat Loung Faqeer, Jacobabad

The monument of the Takia of Hazrat Loung Faqeer in the middle of the town was established by one of the ardent disciples of Hazrat Loung Faqeer Mahesar known as Mian Khan Muhammad Kalhorro during the initial days of the British period. According to a legend that Mian Khan Muhammad was advised by his mentor (Loung Faqeer of Khairpur) to shift to the small settlement then popular as Khan Garrh (which was then governed by the gora administration) and preach his message of love and peace. He was hardly in his teens the time he quit his village Kalwarri (near Ruk railway station in Shikarpur) and shifted to Jacobabad in compliance with the advise of his murshid. John Jacob, the builder and the founding father of the new town, who after taking over the charge of the area, which hardly comprised over not more than few hundred houses, carried out number of public welfare schemes in the village and its suburbs. Addressing the issue of harsh weather in the area he launched a massive tree plantation campaign and making his effort a success he took all the dwellers on board and involved them in the campaign. During the course of time more than 1 million saplings were planted in the town. A large number of people were involved in the Jacobian mission to convert the barren and deserted land into a lush green and a fertile place. In this connection the young Mian Khan Muhammad Faqeer also volunteered his services and did his best to spread greenery in the town and thus came to be known as a tree planter.

The young Faqeer's way of preaching and his life style greatly inspired then gora ruler, John Jacob, who began respecting him and also granted him a piece of land, where the Takia is presently located. Following the recognition of young Khan Muhammad Faqeer in the darbar of 'gora' ruler, his parents also left their village and finally settled in Jacobabad. The mausoleum of Mian Khan Muhammad Faqeer also contains few more graves which have been identified as of Mian Yar Muhammad, Mian Mahmood and Mian Abdul Qadir. All the three graves are in the veranda while the grave of Mian Khan Muhammad Faqeer is inside the main tomb. Due to lack of proper repair and preservation of the dargah, two of its domes caved in September 2010, which were recently reconstructed. The interior of the mausoleum is decorated with floral patterns which have stark resemblance with the fresco designs inside the tomb of Hazrat Loung Faqeer near Shadi Shaheed at Khairpur. The lime plaster at many places is extremely in poor condition. The conservation will require restoration & missing portions, including lime plaster, retouching of fresco patterns etc. Cracks in the building needed to be grouted with recommended bonding material. An old mosque is also situated besides the mausoleum. It was built in 1270 Hijri. Just with in the compound of the Takia loung Faqeer, there also lies a small graveyard of the parents of Khan Muhammad faqeer and his disciples and other citizens. Very unfortunately, the Dargah of Khan Muhammad Faqeer, who rared and cared trees in the town is barred of shady trees. Until recently the vast ground in the premises of the Takia was being used as the Eid Gah of the town. Mian Shahabuddin Kalhorro is the present gadi nashin of the dargah.
[Source: Upper Sinde Frontier Jacobabad by Momin Bullo]

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