Friday, April 24, 2015



LAL KI SADHAA ( The call of the Red Sufi saint ). 

A Malangh outside the shrine of Shahbaaz Qalandhar..

A water colour done by noted painter Ali Abbas .

Baba Bulle shah wrote a song in praise of the highly revered sufi saint of sindh fondly known in the subcontinent as Jhule lal or Shahbaaz Qalandhar( 1177-1274 ) .

Shahbaaz Qalandhar belonged to Suhrawardi order of sufis . His real name was Syed Usman Marwandi .People believe that he wore red robes. Mothers in sindh and Punjab fondly call him their kid or Lal . And Shahbaz , Shah – King and Baz – Falcon or king of falcons or an ancient Iranian GOD , a divine spirit and lastly a Qalandhar , a sufi saint mystic or noble man .

He settled in Sehwan ( SERWAN in Sind ) and preached unity and harmony between Hindus and Muslims.Hindus regard him as Avtaar and fondly call him JHULE LAL while Muslims hail him as a great sufi mystic and call him Shahbaaz Qalandhar . Hindus from sindh regard him as the incarnation of Bhartihari, the saintly brother of King Vikramaditya, who is believed to have worshiped Shiva .They light rows of lamps ( Diyaas ) and bundles of Agarbattis at this shrine. Muslim devotees recite verses from Holy Quran inside the shrine.
I quote some lines from the spiritual song composed by Baba Bulle shah in praise of Shahbaaz Qalandhar . …
Hind Sindh peera teri naubat vaaje,
Naal vaje ghadiyaal bala jhoole laalan, 
Sindhri da ,
Sehvan da ,
sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar, 
Dama dam mast Qalandar, Ali dam dam de andhar, 
O Lal Meri pat rakhio ..
( Baba Bulle Shah )
O Master ! Let your darling name spread in entire Hind and sindh ,
Let the bells go out loud to spread your fame and glory O Jhule Laal. !
O master of sindh !
O master of Sehwan ( Serwan )!
O Red Robed spiritual leader !
O King falcon !
O Intoxicated great Mystic !
Carrying name of Ali In every breath ,
Glory be to you …
O Red Robed saint ,
keep me under your protection..
( Autar Mota )
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