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The Architectural Wonders of Multan | Balancing Modern Development with Preserving Cultural Heritage

Story Highlights
  • Center of Sufism
  • Mosques
  • Temples
  • Historical Attractions
  • Host of PSL

Pakistan, which just 65 years ago was a collection of historic towns with histories dating back to the time of the Aryans and Alexander the Great’s conquest, is a modern nation. More than 5% of Pakistanis call the city of Multan home. It is the country’s third-largest and one of the country’s most famous industrial centers.

Let us dive into the history of Multan to learn more about it.

Center of Sufism

In Pakistan, Multan is the only city of any significant age, and it is sometimes called the “Manchester” of the country because of the large number of people of many ethnic backgrounds that live there.

Islam, with its mystic branch known as Tasawwuf or Sufism, was the dominant faith in Multan. For its abundance of Sufis from all over the world, the area has been dubbed “Gada O Goristan,” or the city of wealth, Sufis, and beggars. 

Numerous people visit the city yearly to see the many Sufi graves that dot the landscape. Hazrat Hafiz Muhammad Jamal, Multani Sheikh Baha-ud-Din, Shah Rukn-e-Alam, and Shams Ud Din are only a few notable individuals whose graves may be visited in Multan.

Mosques

Among the oldest in South Asia, Exquisite mosques are Multan’s crowning architectural achievement. In the time of Muhammad Qasim, the Jamia Mosque was considered the first mosque ever built in Multan. The Sawi Masjid, the oldest one still standing, is in a terrible condition of disrepair. The third and best-preserved masjid is the Mohammad khan wali mosque.

Temples

While Islam is the dominant faith in the area, there are significant Hindu and Sikh populations, complete with sacred temples and mosques. One of Multan’s most famous temples is the Sun Mandir, which was the most revered religious structure in South Asia for a long time. Suraj Kund, another temple named after its famous pool of sun, was built on a body of water that, when complete, became a pond. Prahladpuri Temple and Narsinghpuri Temple are two additional examples of such mandirs.

Historical Attractions

Multan is home to several historical sites and religious buildings, including the “Ghanta Ghar” and other tombs, mosques, and mandirs. The government has turned the Ghanta Ghar, once a clock tower, into the “Multan Museum.” 

The Khooni Burj, also known as Bloody Tower, is another historic landmark in the ancient city of Multan. It was here that the Sikh raja wounded Alexander the Great.

Host of PSL

The city, the center of cultures and an amalgamation of histories, Sufis, and various ethnicities, will host the opening ceremony and first match of the eighth season of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL). 

On Saturday, February 13, 2023, Multan will host. According to Cricket Pakistan, the reigning champions, the Lahore Qalandars, will play the first season eight match in South Punjab. 

From sports to architecture and a rich history, Multan has it all. If you’ve never been, we advise you to visit. And in case you are here, well, lucky you then!

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