Villagers repair historical “Pooran Di Khooyi” in Sialkot

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SIALKOT (By Abid Mehdi) The local people on self-help basis have recently repaired the centuries old shambling historical small sized well of Pooran, famed as “Pooran Di Khooyi”, located at far-off village Karol near Sialkot.

They said that the concerned government departments remained unable to repair it, due to which the local people came forward and they got it repaired in its original shape and design on self-help basis as well.

According to the details, the centuries old  small sized water of Pooran, famed as Pooran Di Khooyi, still remains a ray of hope for the issueless people, as the several issueless couples visit it and take bath there with the water of this small sized well, especially on every Sunday, a rush of the people, most of them  married females do the centuries’ old practice by taking bath there, with high belief of getting “Aullaad”, saying that Allah Almighty blesses the issue-less couples with child, when they take bath with the water of this small-sized water well. Issue-less women, especially on every Sunday, take bath their and hang their colourful “Dopattas” with the tree there.

“I had heard about this small-sized historical well and have reached here from inter-Sindh areas after travelling long. As being an issue-less woman , I have reached here to take bath with the water of this well with high belief that Allah Almighty will bless me with Aullaad  as well”,  said  Sukhaan Bibi (reached from rural Sindh areas).

A Kasur based woman Naila Bibi (37) said that she has also reached here with high hopes and belief to take bath with the water of this well here.

 A Gujranwala based Kaneez Bibi said “this small-sized well of Pooran was undoubtedly a ray of hope for the issue-less couples, who visit this well with high belief that Allah Almighty blesses the issue-less couples with “Aullaad”  who take bath here”.

On the other hand while talking to the visiting Sialkot based senior journalists, the local people told that the issue-less couples from across Pakistan reach there and take bath there with high hopes and belief that Allah will bless them with “Aullaad” by taking bath there, once a week, for three weeks there.

Located in far-off rural area Karol of Sialkot, the centuries old Pooran Di Khooyi was named after the Pooran, the son of the then ruler of Sialkot “Salwaan”.

According to an ancient history book “Mutiny in Sialkot”, the said well here had been remaining the main focus of many needy and childless couples for the last several centuries.

Another ancient book “History of Sialkot”, revealed that it was called Pooran’s well (Pooran Di Khooyi). The then Raja of Sialkot, Salwaan, who is said to have restored the fort, had two wives namely, Loona and Ichhraan.

Ichhraan gave birth to a prince who was named, after much consultation, Pooran. The pundits had told the king that to avoid bad fortune; Pooran needs to stay away from the palace for 12 years.

The ancient history book revealed that the prince Pooran was sent to a deserted place, along with the requisite staff. After a period of 12 years, Pooran returned to palace. He went to his mother and then to Loona, the stepmother. Mesmerized by the young man Pooran had grown into, Loona lost her heart and tried to seduce him. Pooran refused and left Loona, desperate and angry.

When Raja Salwaan returned, Loona made up the story of how Pooran had tried to rape her and filled the gaps with tears. The Raja, anguished by the story, ordered Pooran’s limbs to be amputated, and the mutilated body thrown into the woods.

Ancient “The History of Sialkot” further revealed that Pooran was thrown in this well after the gruesome torture. For 12 years, Pooran stayed inside the well. One day Guru Gorakhnath, the famous Jogi, on his way back from Shiwalak, passed by the well and heard Pooran. His apostles took out the dying prince. Guru healed the limbs of Pooran and exalted him spiritually.

After a few years, Pooran was a Bhagat – his spiritual powers earned him the fame of a saint. The word was out and it made its way to Loona, who was still, without child.

On hearing about Pooran Bhagat, she along with the Raja, walked up to the well. The Bhagat prophesized the birth of the prince, simultaneously asking Loona about the reality of Pooran. Shocked and grateful, Loona revealed the truth and eventually Pooran revealed his identity.

The Raja begged Pooran to return to the kingdom but he told them that the kingdom was now the right of the prince to be born. He spent the rest of his life near the well. Raja Salwaan had constructed a large compound in the vicinity of the well of which only ruins remain. Childless women travel from places as far as Quetta and Karachi to put Pooran’s well to the test. Faith, in the hour of need, divorces reason.

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