Swat History

Sir Aurel Stein Views About Pir Khushal And His Ziarat At Udigram

The whole area is held sacred to the shrine of holy Pir Khushhal Baba, situated farther down by the side of a lively little rill. So none of the fertile soil near or below this Ziarat, verdant meadow land as it was at this early spring season, may be cultivated. I hoped that the time might come when the superior power, at once spiritual and secular, of the new ruler of Swat would cause it to be planted with those orchards which the valley sorely needs and which its sub-alpine climate would distinctly favour… For such a locality the mouth of the valley, where it opens towards Ude-gram village, would have afforded ample room. It is now covered with extensive Muhammadan burial grounds and sacred groves belonging to the Ziarat that is here venerated as the resting-place of holy Pir Khushhal Baba. Finds brought to me, consisting of the fragment of a small Graeco- Buddhist relievo, an inscribed Buddhist seal, and coins of the Indo-Scythian rulers, pointed clearly to the early occupation of this ground. But owing to its sacred character systematic search would have been difficult, even if time had been available. Pious tradition recognizes in the saintly hero and martyr, Pir Khushhal Baba, the leader of the Faithful in the army of Mahmud of Ghazna, who after a long siege took ‘King Gira’s fortress’ from the last infidel king of Swat…

Source of Information (Reference):

Sir Aurel Stein, On Alexander Track To Indus, Macmillan And Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street, London, 1929, Pages 56-58.

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The Chief Editor of the website (www.swatencyclopedia.com) is Jalal Uddin. He hails from Saidu Sharif, Swat. He is M.phil Scholar and his research field is Swat State. He regularly writes on Swat State and its various aspects.
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