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Why Hinglaj in Balochistan is making news

A yearly pilgrimage, which started on 26 April 2024 and ended on the 28th, drew a large crowd of pilgrims to the historic cave temple of Hinglaj Mata

The Hingol National Park in Balochistan province provides a striking backdrop for Pakistan’s largest Hindu celebration, the Hinglaj Yatra, the backdrop of the famous black-and-white era Bengali movie Marutirtha Hinglaj (a bhajan from the film appears in a section below).

This annual event, which commenced on Friday and concludes on Sunday, attracts a significant number of pilgrims to the ancient cave temple of Hinglaj Mata, a form of Durga.

A group of Hindu devotees disembark from a bus and proceed on foot towards a mud volcano, commencing their sacred pilgrimage [AP Photo]
A group of Hindu devotees disembark from a bus and proceed on foot towards a mud volcano, commencing their sacred pilgrimage [AP Photo]

Despite being a predominantly Muslim country, Pakistan is home to 4.4 million Hindus, accounting for just 2.14% of the population. Hinglaj Mata remains one of the few Hindu sites in the country that continues to draw a large number of devotees each year.

The terrain and climate conditions here are inhospitable but fail to demotivate the Hindu pilgrims [AP Photo]
The terrain and climate conditions here are inhospitable but fail to demotivate the Hindu pilgrims [AP Photo]

The pilgrims embark on their journeys from various locations, often starting hundreds of miles away in neighbouring Sindh province. Packed buses depart from cities like Hyderabad and Karachi, following the Makran Coastal Highway that runs along Pakistan’s southern and southwestern regions.

The bhajan from Bengali movie Marutirtha Hinglaj; Singer: Hemanta Mukherjee; Music composer: Hemanta Mukherjee; Lyricist: Gauriprasanna Mazumder; Release date: 1958; Film Director: Bikash Roy; Cast: Uttam Kumar, Sabitri Debi, Bikash Roy, Anil Chatterjee, Chandrabati Debi

However, due to limited parking and vehicular access to the sacred sites, many pilgrims choose to disembark and complete their journey on foot, traversing arid and rocky terrain, sometimes even carrying children or luggage and walking barefoot.

Devotees ascend numerous steps or scramble over boulders to reach the peak of the volcano. They offer coconuts and rose petals into the shallow crater as they seek divine approval to visit Hinglaj Mata, an age-old cave temple that serves as the centrepiece of their three-day devotion. [AP Photo].
Devotees ascend numerous steps or scramble over boulders to reach the peak of the volcano. They offer coconuts and rose petals into the shallow crater as they seek divine approval to visit Hinglaj Mata, an age-old cave temple that serves as the centrepiece of their three-day devotion. [AP Photo].

From the main road, it is only a few kilometres to reach the mud volcano, and from there, an additional 45 km to reach Hinglaj Mata.

Kanwal Kumar, a 28-year-old visitor, was making her first pilgrimage to the temple alongside her husband. She expressed her hope for assistance from the goddess, as they had been unable to conceive a child after six years of marriage. “We firmly believe that no one leaves empty-handed. Hinglaj Mata fulfils all desires!” she exclaimed.

Maharaj Gopal, the temple's most esteemed religious figure, elaborates on the reason behind the influx of people to the temple. "It holds the utmost significance as a pilgrimage site in the Hindu faith. Those who come to the temple and engage in worship rituals over the course of these three days will find absolution for all their transgressions," Gopal states. [AP Photo].
Maharaj Gopal, the temple’s most esteemed religious figure, elaborates on the reason behind the influx of people to the temple. “It holds the utmost significance as a pilgrimage site in the Hindu faith. Those who come to the temple and engage in worship rituals over the course of these three days will find absolution for all their transgressions,” Gopal states. [AP Photo].

Versimal Divani, the general secretary of Hinglaj Mata, expressed his disappointment that only Hindus in Pakistan have the privilege to attend the festival. He stated, “We are fortunate to be able to visit this temple in our own country whenever we wish.”

Over 100,000 Hindu devotees are anticipated to embark on a three-day pilgrimage to one of the most sacred sites in their faith [AP Photo]
Over 100,000 Hindu devotees are anticipated to embark on a three-day pilgrimage to one of the most sacred sites in their faith [AP Photo]

However, this opportunity is not extended to Hindus from other parts of the world. Divani urged the Pakistani government to grant them visas so they could visit and seek blessings. He said that such a move would enhance people-to-people relations and also benefit the economy.

Ironically, Balochistan is a region that India apparently wants to be freed from Pakistan but it’s also the place in the anti-India country where Hindu cleansing had begun.

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