Not many people know about Balochistan or its wonders – the somewhat neglected province is home to some beautifully crafted myths and throat-lumping scary legends.
Here are some legend and myths of Balochistan that make up a great read.. and definitely make you want to visit!
1. Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa, Jhal Magsi – The Saint and his Sacred fish
Pir Chattal Noorani Gandhawa is an absolutely astonishing oasis, right in the center of Jhal Magsi, Balochistan. Here’s the thing about this paradise on earth.. it holds a very secretive story behind it’s beautiful face.
The oasis is full of at least 2 foot long fishes, thousands in numbers – who have been here for centuries. Wonder why they have never been eaten or hunted? Here’s the catch – locals and now, people from all over Pakistan firmly believe that if the fishes were harmed.. eaten or even bothered – the person would suffer a painful and embarrassing death.
If one was to eat these fishes.. it is said the fish would be the cause of the death and come out alive from the body. Unbelievable? Well.. why don’t you go try and eat a fish. Just to prove us wrong.
2. Pir Ghaib, Bolan – The myth of the Invisible Saint
See the streamline going up? It is said that a Muslim Pir and his sister had come to Balochistan to guide the people who lived here and invite them to join Islam. However, the King of Bolan was rather unkind to their invitation.
The King sent out an army of soldiers to finish both brother and sister off. This is where the siblings separated – the brother found his way up the Bolan mountain and inside a cave.. where the soldiers followed him. He reached a dead end! Only where there was a rock mountain in front of him. With a shovel at his mercy.. he started clawing at the mountain.. and soon the soldiers caught sight of him. As they moved towards him.. the Saint VANISHED into the rock.
Thus, from that day.. the place is known as Pir Ghaib (Invisible Saint) – soon after, the mountain flooded water and created a natural oasis. Till date, there is no source of water coming from inside the mountain.
3. Bibi Naani, Bolan – The tomb that survived 30 feet tides
Remember the Invisible Saint’s sister? She was Bibi Nani – the one who was ordered dead by the King of Bolan. After the siblings had split up, Bibi Nani found her way down the Bolan pass, which is where she is buried, under the Bibi Nani Pull.
Now nobody knows how she died or who even buried her – nor does she have an extra-ordinary myth attached to her. Then again, if it did not.. she wouldn’t have been on the list. In mid October, 1986 – there was a huge flood in the Bolan bank which literally destroyed everything.. from the bridge to the roads.. except one thing – THE TOMB OF BIBI NANI.
Now if you’re a believer, you’d believe it – if you’re not – you can rid it. But this is what happened, the tomb survived 30 feet tides of flood water, remaining unaffected. This is why Bibi Nani is cherished in a special way.
So, did you find these myths and legends interesting? Surely, a mind-boggling read.