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Mian Noor Muhammad Kalhoro, Benazirabad

Situated 15 kilometers east of Daulatpur town in the region of Shaheed Benazirababad (Nawabshah) district is an ancient necropolis of the Kalhora time period. There are various tombs here from the Kalhora period which is crumbling brick by brick. The necropolis is named after Mian Noor Muhammad, a king of Sindh province who governed for some 35 years (1719-1753). The location of Mian Noor Muhammad Kalhoro Necropolis is 45 kilometers (45 min drive) from Dadu, and 60 kilometers (1hr 10 min drive) from the city of Nawabshah.

The eminent tomb in the graveyard is that of Mian Noor Muhammad Kalhoro. There are 6 tombs inside the wall enclosure of Mian Noor Muhammad Kalhoro. Ironically, the concerned authorities in the name of preservation have done huge damage to Mian Noor Muhammad Kalhoro necropolis. They have whitewashed those portions of the mausoleum which were disintegrating. Another damage done to the shrine is the utilization of undressed stone in the interior floor which does not match with the original dressed stones.

The shrine of Mian Gulan, who was a wife of Mian Noor Muhammad, lies west of the tomb of Mian Noor Muhammad. The dome of the tomb is partially collapsed. It is constructed in rectangular plan and is eminent for astonishing floral and geometric designs which have lost their original beauty because of the exposure to sunlight and rain.

The tomb of Qaim Khan Korai is octagonal in shape. It has no archway and is closed from every side.

The torrential rain that lashed the regions of Nawabshah, Sanghar and Badin in the year of 2011 have also damaged several historic structures in these districts, with few domes collapsed and caved in.

[Source: Sindhi Dunya | Photographs: EFT]

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