LAKHPAT - The last
frontier fort of western India
is the last town situated at the western end of India, on the
India-Pakistan border, at the junction of Kori Creek and Ranna of Kutch.
Trade which generated a daily income of one lakh (1,00,000 Kori, an old
currency of Kutch State. Another legend says that it was founded by Rao
Lakha, so it is named Lakhpat.
Lakhpat is a fortified town with high
walls , several gates and bastions made out of hard stone. After a short
period of prosperity, Lakhpat lost its maritime significance in 1851 AD,
when the Sindhu river changed its course. Once a thriving town with
population of 15000 is today a deserted town with only few families
The interesting structures at Lakhpat
are the tomb of Gosh Muhammad and Sikh Gurudwara. Gosh Muhammad was a
famous saint revered equally by Hindus and Muslims. A beautiful tomb was
constructed using local hard black stone, after his death in 1855 AD. It
is an octagonal, domed structure with four entrances. The corner
pilasters, foliated arches on each side, door jambs and niches are
exquisitely carved using floral motifs and the tree of life. Inner walls
are decorated with verse from the Koran using beautiful calligraphy.
It is one of the scared places
associated with life of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of the Sikh
religion, as it is believed that he embarked for Haj to Mecca from
Lakhpat. The Gurudwara here was constructed to commemorate this event,
and it is visited by Sikhs throughout the year. Other interesting
structures at Lakhpat are: the mosque, a structure for keeping Tajia (a
Muslim religious float) and number of Hindu temples.