The signboard at the Makran Coast Highway that leads to hinglaj. Wikimedia Commons
The signboard points a traveler to the historic Hinglaj Devi Temple located in Hinglaj of Balochistan region in Pakistan’s southwest.
It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Pakistan for the country’s minority Hindus. Because it is located near Karachi, the Islamic country’s only cosmopolitan city, Hindus find Hinglaj easily accessible.
Any temple in the repressive, anti-minority Pakistani establishment is important for the Hindus, and Hinglaj has a history that even the native Balochistanis are proud of.
The temple at Hinglaj. Wikimedia Commons
According to the Hindus, the site is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Hinduism. A Shakti Peeth is a place associated with Sati – the wife of Lord Shiva. Hindus believe that the head of Sati fell at Hinglaj, thus making it the most important of all Shakti Peeths in the sub-continent.
Hinglaj is also the only Shakti Peeth in Pakistan.
The idol of Goddess Hinglaj. Wooden Khadaus (sandals) of the Goddess. The originals were stolen long ago. Rssing.com
Devotees offer prayers at Hinglaj temple. Wikimedia Commons
The idol of the Goddess is inside a low-roof structure. Proper Hindu rituals are followed in the worship of the Goddess.
Hinglaj is at the foot of a hill in Balochistan. Mapio.net
The temple would have been lost to the establishment condoned rising fundamentalism in Pakistan but for the locals of Balochistan.
Wooden Khadaus (sandals) of the Goddess. The originals were stolen long ago. —name of site—
The caretakers of the shrine and Baloch tribesmen live in a local village close by. The tribesmen revere the Hinglaj Devi temple and help the Hindu pilgrims in whichever way they can during the pilgrimage.
It is because of the Baloch tribesmen that the temple survives to this day in a land where everything related to minorities face persecution at the hands of fundamentalists and a government that has kept its eyes closed.