Situated just west of North Karachi town,  Manghopir is home to the shrine of  Sufi Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan, a saint with no less than four different legends attributing to his mysterious origins. Even more baffling is the pond adjacent to the shrine inhabited by at least a hundred docile crocodiles revered by the local townsfolk.  — Photos by Hussain Afzal

A caretaker bends over to feed the crocodiles with the help of a stick.
A caretaker bends over to feed the crocodiles with the help of a stick.
A view of the market place constructed below the mazaar, where people stop to pick clay items or flowers for the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan.
A view of the market place constructed below the mazaar, where people stop to pick clay items or flowers for the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan.
A reflection of a mother and daughter walking past a shop after they return from the prayers at the shrine.
A reflection of a mother and daughter walking past a shop after they return from the prayers at the shrine.
The view of the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan through a grill barricade surrounding the area.
The view of the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan through a grill barricade surrounding the area.
Sisters offering prayers at the shrine of Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan.
Sisters offering prayers at the shrine of Pir Haji Syed Sakhi Sultan.
The walls embedded with glass with Quranic versus written on them at the shrine.
The walls embedded with glass with Quranic versus written on them at the shrine.
A man praying inside the shrine.
A man praying inside the shrine.
An Islamic version of a bandana, beaded and designed especially to be placed on top of the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Sakhi Sultan.
An Islamic version of a bandana, beaded and designed especially to be placed on top of the shrine of Sufi Pir Haji Sakhi Sultan.
One of the flower shops at the market place below the shrine.
One of the flower shops at the market place below the shrine.

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Sana
Oct 16, 2011 08:34am
In the Media gallery, it takes a long time to go to the next picture. I would suggest to change the layout and add a row of thumbnails of all the pictures. or any thing much better than the current one. One has no idea what is the next picture about and we cannot switch easily between the pics. Thanks.
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Alex
Oct 16, 2011 12:38pm
Maybe you can utilize something which allows a user to click on the pictures directly so when it moves forward. Something which Facebook has employed successfully..
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Harry Khan
Oct 16, 2011 02:05pm
What do they feed them, Meat is very expensive in Pakistan?
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syed asif zafar
Oct 16, 2011 03:42pm
we need to safe all this type of animal with govt supports
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Naseem Ahmad
Oct 16, 2011 07:32pm
Which Government ! They are all trying to squeeze as much out of our national assets, so as not to leave anything for the desperate and needy, let alone animals.
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Imran
Oct 16, 2011 09:32pm
you forget the religious devotion of pakistani people and the belief that saints will get their prayers answered. you mix all of that up and a lot of money is donated to these shrines
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sampath
Oct 16, 2011 09:33pm
Thank you the pictures. The glass artwork is priceless.
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sam
Oct 16, 2011 09:40pm
Great pictures.
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Jaffer Jamil
Oct 19, 2011 11:51pm
Stop blaming some government or the other. Do something!! The stream of water that flows into this pond is being diverted for industrial uses. This is a significant site in many ways. The uniqueness of this breed of crocodile, the sociology of the African-Pakistanis, the linkages to Sufi tradition to name a few.
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