Uch Sharif is one of the beautiful historical sites in Pakistan. Located at the confluence of the Sutlej and Chenab, Uch Sharif is a wonderful tourist destination. Different historians have different views about the history of Uch Sharif, some say the town was there before the reign of Bikramajit. Uch Sharif was under the Hindu ruler before Alexander's invasion.
Uch Sharif is basically famous for various beautiful shrines and tombs. The beautiful shrines and tombs are what attract many tourists to Uch Sharif. Uch Sharif has been divided into three sections, which are named after three important personalities and rulers. Uch Bukhari is named after the name of Hazrat Syed Jalaluddin Bukhari Surkhposh while Uch Jilani has borrowed its name from Hazrat Shaikh Mohammad Ghaus Qadri Jilani. The third section is Uch Mughlian is named after the Mughal rulers.
Some of the famous shrines in Uch Sharif include Hazrat Jalaluddin Surkh Bukhari, Makhdoom Jahanian Jahangasht, Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Shaikh Saifuddin Ghazrooni and Bibi Jawandi. The tomb of Bibi Jawinidi is a wonderful monument that is beautifully designed and is covered in a number of tiny blue tiles that present wonderful sight when sunrays fall on them. The shrine of Jalauddin Bukhari is a must visit sight at Uch Sharif. The saint is believed to have converted the legendary warrior Genghis Khan to Islam.
Uch Sharif lies in the district of Bahawalpur, which is two hours distance by train from Multan. From Bahawalpur you can hire a car or take a mini bus to reach the non-descript village of Uch Sharif. If you are in the region during September/October, take part in the festival held in Uch to honor the Sufi saints.
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Uch, 75 km from Bahawalpur, is a very old town, it is believed that it existed even in 500 B.C. Some historians believe that Uch was there even before the advent of Bikramajit when Jains and Bhudhists ruled over sub continent. At the time of the invasion by Alexander the Great, Uch was under Hindu rule. Some historians say that Alexander came to Uch after conquering northern parts of India and spent over a fortnight in the city and renamed it Alexandariya. Some have mentioned Uch by the name of Sikandara or Iskalanda. They have decided it as the most flourishing and beautiful town perched upon the Plateau near the confluence of the Chanab and Rave rivers. Famous shrines existing at Uch include those of Hazrat Bahawal Haleem, Hazrat Jalal-ud-din Surkh Bokhari, Makhdoom Jahanian Jahangasht, Bibi Jawindi and Sheikh Saif-ud-din Ghazrooni etc.
Uch is a small town today and divided into three different quarters known as:
(i) Uch Bokhari, after Hazrat Syed Jalal-ud-din Bokhari Surkhposh,
(ii) Uch Jilani (Bandagi), who came from Halab in 887A.H., and
(iii) Uch Mughlan after the Mughal rulers.
Makhdoom Sahib of Uch Bokhari has some rare Islamic relics in his possession for example,
(i) Turban of Holy Prophet (PBUH),
(ii) A mantle of the Prophet (PBUH)
(iii) “Samsam” (sword) of Hazrat Imam Hasan,
(iv) a cap and turbine of Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani of Baghdad and
(v) mantle of Hazrat Salman Farsi.
Makhdoom Sahib Uch Jilani is the custodian of
(i) Holy Prophets footprints
(ii) a few chapter of the Holy Quran written by Hazrat Imam Hussain and
(iii) a tooth of Hazrat Awais Qarni.