Samadhi Architecture in Potohar, Punjab (Pakistan)

Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro[1]

 Volume 6, Number 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/chitro.v6n2.02

Received on June 21, 2016.
Accepted on July 2, 2016.
Published on July 14, 2016.


Potohar is a land of myths, romance and chivalry. Many tribes ruled Potohar region of the Punjab leaving behind their footprints in the form of monuments which are testimony to their political roles each tribe played in different period of history ranging from Hindu Shahi to indigenous tribes of Ghakhars and Janjuas.  There are many villages in Potohar where there are monuments of these tribes who held sway in much of the present Potohar, Apart from these local tribes, many non-local tribes and religious groups also ruled Potohar. This included Ghorids, Ghaznavids, Mughals, Sikhs and British. The present paper deals with samadhis of Hindus and Sikhs which are believed to have been erected during the Sikh and British period in Potohar.

Keywords: Potohar, Samadhi architecture, Pakistan.


[1] The Writer is an anthropologist and head of department of Development studies at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad, Pakistan