Every year thousands of Hindus from Pakistan and India gather to attend a four-day ritual at the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan. The temple is situated on the Makran coast in the Lyari district of Balochistan. Hindus believe that the head of goddess Sati had fallen in the area of Hinglaj Mata and since then, it has remained a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus. –Reuters Photos

Devotees wait outside the Shri Swaminarayan Mandi Temple in Karachi while awaiting transport to pay homage to the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan.
Devotees wait outside the Shri Swaminarayan Mandi Temple in Karachi while awaiting transport to pay homage to the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan.
A devotee is dabbed with sacred volcano mud as a spot on his forehead.
A devotee is dabbed with sacred volcano mud as a spot on his forehead.
Devotees push a vehicle stranded in desert while visiting Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
Devotees push a vehicle stranded in desert while visiting Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee walks on the surface of a mud volcano to perform a ritual offering of coconuts.
A devotee walks on the surface of a mud volcano to perform a ritual offering of coconuts.
Devotees climb a mud volcano to perform a ritual.
Devotees climb a mud volcano to perform a ritual.
Devotees walk on a mud volcano to perform a ritual offering of coconuts.
Devotees walk on a mud volcano to perform a ritual offering of coconuts.
A devotee prays inside the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee prays inside the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
Devotees dance to drum beats to praise Shri Hinglaj Mata.
Devotees dance to drum beats to praise Shri Hinglaj Mata.
A devotee strikes a bell while entering the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee strikes a bell while entering the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee is pictured outside the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee is pictured outside the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee showers rose petals while praying inside the temple.
A devotee showers rose petals while praying inside the temple.
Devotees carry dry mud collected from a mud volcano, which is sacred to them.
Devotees carry dry mud collected from a mud volcano, which is sacred to them.
A devotee receives blessings in front of the deity at the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
A devotee receives blessings in front of the deity at the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple.
Devotees dance to drum beats.
Devotees dance to drum beats.

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rk singh
Apr 25, 2011 04:02pm
thanks a lot, Dawn, i never knew that these kind of temples existed in Pakistan. Hope to visit it someday. Good work.
(Dr.) B.N.Anand from
Apr 25, 2011 04:58pm
Sir My compliments to Dawn for producing these pictures. It surely, looks an encouraging sign for the paper carrying such beautiful pictures of another faith in a Muslim state. Indeed, it strengthens my opinion about Dawn being more secular in its approach than any other publication in Pakistan. BNA
Guru
Apr 25, 2011 04:59pm
Gr8 feature...but no photos of the temple...
Subhajit Basu
Apr 25, 2011 05:13pm
Thanks to Dawn for this nice pictures.
sanjeev
Apr 25, 2011 05:37pm
i used to think that no hindu temple existed in pak though i hear that there are nine such sacred places related to MATA SATI in pakistan.
Aslam
Apr 25, 2011 06:04pm
Very colourful indeed. I live in pakistan and didn't know about the temple's existence....would make for great journey and experience indeed. The tradition and history of our Hindu brothers should be highlighted more for everyone!
usman chaudhry
Apr 25, 2011 06:09pm
Greetings Dr Anand, Welcome to DAWN.com . Glad to see you on my part of the e-world. There are many hindu religious place all over Pakistan. Including the Katasraj mandirs as well places in Larkana district of Sindh as the province being the most primitive place in the world where Indus civilization once existed. Usman .S. Chaudhry
Manu
Apr 25, 2011 06:10pm
Good work Dawn - Pak needs to look after its minorities much better than at present
maha
Apr 25, 2011 06:17pm
Thank you for covering Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple pilgrimage.
Tariq Roomi
Apr 25, 2011 06:19pm
I would love to photograph this temple and its surrounding areas.. lovely! Brother Manu we would live in complete harmony with our non-muslim brothers if it weren't for few extremists! But we will inshAllah...soon!
Sanhita Pendse
Apr 25, 2011 06:42pm
Thanks Dawn ! You made "darshan" of Ma Hinglaj possible to us, does not matter if it's a digital photograph. Wish to see Temple's / premises photographs also. - Sanhita, (Bhopal,MP,India)
Suhas
Apr 25, 2011 06:51pm
Thanks a lot dear The Dawn. We here in Maharashtra visit HinglajMata's temple located at Gadhinglaj.If possible I would like to visit the temple in Balochistan.
Abdul Razak Sheikh
Apr 25, 2011 07:13pm
I have been going in this area for past 20 years hunting Ibex.I have visited the temple and collected water for our trip.Now it is very easy to go there as new road is built from Karachi.It is very peaceful and worth visiting.It use to take us five hours,now it is about two hours.It is very hot in summer,spring and fall is better.You can camp there for a night or two.Hindu devotees feel very safe in this area of Baluchistan.I have fond memories living with my hindu neighbours in Hyderabad before partition.
Mahindar
Apr 25, 2011 07:28pm
I've been there and this place is more stunning then it looks in the pictures.
Siddharth US/India
Apr 25, 2011 07:34pm
Dear Dawn team, Thanks for covering this article. I didn't know about Hindu pilgrimages in Pakistan, but always believed there are many. Best, Siddharth
Ravi
Apr 25, 2011 08:13pm
Media Gallery coverage is always very good and especially this one .There was also one painting done by school Girls which depicated dancing Radha Krishna .That school was probably in Baluchistan and was opened recently after it was destroyed .
teddyindo
Apr 25, 2011 08:25pm
great pics... i will also visit this temple
Ajay
Apr 25, 2011 09:52pm
Wonderful pictures , thanks for sharing.
Neil
Apr 25, 2011 09:54pm
Would have been nice to get an exterior shot of the temple itself.
Ashutosh Sinha
Apr 25, 2011 10:09pm
Great work Dawn ! Hopefully someday i will be able to visit Hinglaj temple in person. Thank you for bringing these images to us.
Sid Rana
Apr 25, 2011 10:10pm
Good work - My compliments to Dawn.
Vikram Motwani
Apr 25, 2011 10:14pm
My grandfather came from Karachi and it is a fact that most of the bussinesses were owned by Hindus in 1947 which became our nemesis as the mohajirs from India were given a free hand to loot and forcibly occupy our properties while he have-nots amng Hindus were rarely touched. Before independence Shivratri was a major festival in Karachi and the posh Clifton had a famous Shiva temple where thousands thronged. I wonder whether the temple is still standing. http://www.imagesofasia.com/html/pakistan/hindus-...
harish goswami
Apr 25, 2011 10:25pm
Dawn has done great job.we in india hardly belive that such coverage could possible in Pakistan.thanks DAWN
deepak
Apr 25, 2011 10:54pm
The Hinglaj Temple is extremely important as a spiritual journey. The essence is captured in the immortal classic movie of the 50s ' Maruteerth Hinglaj' first made in Bengali with some great devotional music by Hemant Kumar. The music and the theme was later adopted in the Hollywood movie Herman Hesse's ' Siddhartha'. This heritage belongs to Pakistan as well as all others. Truly, temple breakers like Mahmud of Ghazni or Aurangzeb cannot be role models for a nation like Pakistan.
atul
Apr 25, 2011 11:08pm
Thanks to Dawn publication,I could get a glimpse of Pilgrimage to Mata Sati temple in Balochistan.I would like to suggest that if Pakistan tourism ministry can properly identify, advertise and do marketing for tourism at these places in Pakistan sacred to Hindus,in Indian newspapers ,TV channels, etc,it will open a surge of tourists from India.Today in India, thousands of people go to Bangkok,Singapore,Indonesia, in the holiday season .Going to Pakistan will be much cheaper if one compares tourist holiday packages
Ali
Apr 25, 2011 11:20pm
It shows how religious every person is regardless of which God they believe in. We do miss picutre of the temple itself. I would appreciate if Dawn can show us the many historic places we never knew existed in Pakistan.
jamshed kharian-pak
Apr 25, 2011 11:23pm
beautiful picture of our pakistanis hindou sisters very pleased to see them minorities in pakistan need some coverage lots of pakis brothers sisters need information about them this time good job DAWN!
Raza
Apr 26, 2011 12:30am
Pakistan is colorful and diverse because of our proud and loyal miniorities. The exhibition of this are so common in Pakistan but bringing it to every one is the great service by Dawn. Good job Dawn. Lets think how can we facilitate this Pilgrimage. Raza Anwar
Raza
Apr 26, 2011 12:34am
I wish I was there in Pakistan and offer some service to pilgrims (e.g. water or lunch box0 and fully participate in the DANCE. Thanks Dawn.
ben
Apr 26, 2011 05:17am
Well 26% of India's 1.2 billion are muslims, India had 2 presidents who were muslim's and they had several sportsmen who captained India who were muslims and many in bollywood are muslims whilst Indians have highest degree of tolerence to various other religions it is missing in muslims in Pakistan. High time its not too late pakistan should denounce hatred and develop tolerence and show respect to all other religions. Credit to "Dawn" for its first step towards the journey of peace and Tolerence of faith.
Dr. Muhammad Akbar H
Apr 26, 2011 05:49am
This entirely depends upon how much the general public in India can accommodate the difference between facts and fiction about Pakistan.
Seingeist
Apr 26, 2011 06:00am
If only Dr. Sharma was less ignorant and more aware of the world around him, he would find that the Dawn's standard of journalism is way better than that of popular English websnews sites and newspapers in India, like Times of India or the Hindustan Times, anyday. Only the Hindu is perhaps comparable. You will not find in Dawn the kind of lazy solipsism, pompous, and patronizing attitude towards other countries in the region, and reactionary sabre-rattling so typical of mainstream Indian news portals. Dr. Sharma's comment reflects the same grating tone. I would suggest that he read the Dawn more regularly for objective reportage and fearless criticism of the state, of neoliberal globalization, of sectarian violence, and communalism. Oh, did I forget to mention that I am an Indian?
G.A.
Apr 26, 2011 07:31am
I think a friend of mine recently visited a similar looking temple and sent pictures. He called it a Nani Mandir though.
Ajay Kumar Ladkani
Apr 26, 2011 07:51am
Long back I had read an article by Tarun Vijay on Hinglaj Temple. This is one of 52 Shakti pithas of Hindus, scattred in India, bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. A good picture indeed and DAWN deserves thanks. Ajay kumar ladkani
shrish
Apr 26, 2011 07:59am
Thanks a lot, Dawn. God bless all of us.
bhat badri nath
Apr 26, 2011 08:33am
I THINK DAWN IS DOING WONDERFUL JOB BY BRINGING SUCH PHOTOS.
Badri
Apr 26, 2011 08:40am
Great Work Dawn showing pictures of Temples and Hindu Pilgrims. Just like one of the fellow commenters i did not know such a temple existed in far away province of Balochistan. The Happiness expressed in the photos by Pilgrims brings goose bumps. I think if it were not for the radical elements, there could be total peace in this subcontinent. I would love to visit Pakistan and particularly these temples some day. Hope it comes true.
Sawai Malhi
Apr 26, 2011 09:02am
Marvelous ! a superub job is done by Dawn.
vk
Apr 26, 2011 09:05am
Good one... but whats that? cant share with the world at large???? U should give a sharing option
vwpradhan
Apr 26, 2011 09:11am
publish more examples likethis. in india there are 100s 0f such places worshiped by hindus and muslims alike prominent are e.g khwaja nazimuddin darga at ajmer. haji ali in mumbai, vwpradhan
mahesh bhansali.
Apr 26, 2011 09:15am
Thanks a lot dawn for producing such a wonderful pictures.plz show us other religious places from pakistan we will be very much thankful to you excellent work in photography and covering the news mahesh
hammad
Apr 26, 2011 09:25am
to all our dear indian friends who think that hindus have vanished in pakistan and there are no temples left whtever; friends we got similar stories too abt musilms in india and you guys know it too abt conditions of indian muslims so please get out of your nutshell created by your biased media and think beyond your sterotypes and show your appreciation for these amazin pictures if not then its better to remain quiet. sorry if i cause any offence
Azhar khan
Apr 26, 2011 09:56am
I saw people looking for the pictures of the temple as well, you can go to offroadpakistan.com and see pictures on hingol. For many years I have visited Hinglaj mata and paid my respects, although I am a Muslim but what fills my heart with joy is the harmony in our communities and I wish we strengthen it further. Peace for every one.
Rajesh Ojha
Apr 26, 2011 10:12am
Thanks to Dawn for such a nice coverage to this historical temple. and hope it will continue to provide details of other historic site of HIndu temples .
dipak
Apr 26, 2011 10:35am
Good work Dawn. Hope one day we all will be able to freely travel visit each other's holy sites. from Sydney
Tejash
Apr 26, 2011 11:06am
I would like to visit this temple. Is that possible?
Pakistani
Apr 26, 2011 12:30pm
Yeah i wish the future. i wish i ll visit Ajmer Sharif and Nizamud-din Aulia in Delhi,
shubham
Apr 26, 2011 03:22pm
nice thoughts brother.................................... hope our hukmaraans do start thinking like u as well................................ cheers
Koti
Apr 26, 2011 04:46pm
Dawn.com is doing really a good job............ Showing all cultures of Pakistan and supporting all religions.
samia
Apr 26, 2011 05:01pm
Amazing work and very informative and it's realy good, because before this I did not know that such type of temples existed in Pakistan.Keep it up DAWN weldone......It's realy a great message for our INDIAN'S friends.
Ashok Pandey
Apr 26, 2011 05:06pm
Hello Friends, I am a regular reader of dawn.Especially its opinions column . In fact I am more regular to read this than my pakistani colleagues in my office in London :) This is not the first time I have seen pictures or articles like this. Dawn has a class which stands above the taboo of religion,caste and nationality. I have been reading its sections from quite some time and got glued to it as time passed by. Good work Dawn.
Harish
Apr 26, 2011 06:13pm
Tajesh, You are welcome. Whenever you want to come jut let me know. I will arrange everything for you.
sashi
Apr 27, 2011 01:23pm
Noted Azhar comments. His, like minded views,tolerance only will help to promote harmony around the world especially between our countries. Uplifiting the individual views for good cause will spread faster and could overpower the mimics of politics/politicians vested interests...good luck !!
aby
Apr 27, 2011 01:53pm
Keep it up paki fellows. Keep it up dawn.
Varun Srivastava
Apr 28, 2011 01:04pm
I would love to have a darshan of Hinglaj mata once in my life. Thank you very much "The Dawn" for publishing such articles.
YOUR COUNTRY MAN
Apr 28, 2011 02:50pm
Dear If you are muslim, then you should know Ajmair Sharif, or Nizamuddin Aulia Qabars will not benefit to any person on earth.
Aditi
Apr 30, 2011 08:18pm
Hinglaj temple at Hingol in Baluchistan is in fact a very holy site - its one of the most important shakti peeths in Hinduism
Pankaj
May 03, 2011 12:15pm
I plan to visit this holy site during my visit to Pakistan in July this year
Jenny
May 04, 2011 06:47am
Now we know who the sesbnlie one is here. Great post!
loving
Apr 30, 2012 02:44am
wonderful, i have also visited thx temple.