Tread carefully here. Tread carefully here for Ram and Sita walked here somewhere. For Ram and Sita slept here somewhere. For Ram and Sita prayed here somewhere. Tread carefully here even if you don’t believe the legend, for showing respect hurts nobody. Aram Bagh or Ram Bagh as it was known prior to partition was famously visited by Ram and Site en route to Hinglaj from Mahadev Temple. For obvious reason the place turned into a pilgrimage site for Hindus and many temples were built to mark the holiness of the area.
In 1857 the mutineers of the area were blasted through the cannons here. For the very reason the area became a hub of political activity post mutiny. Post independence the place turned into a refugee camp and later renamed as Aram Bagh.
The place remained hub of all above activity for one reason. There has been abundance of water in this area and many wells were dug here to supply water in the area. The wells have disappeared along with the temples. A sad story. A sad story indeed. It would have been one important piece of history which we could have spared for our future generations. Taking Karachi further than its days as Kolachi to the days it was known as Ramya.
A sad story indeed.
A beautiful mosque is the only landmark standing close to Aram Bagh apart from an abandoned temple. The mosque was built post partition. Its closed after prayers. The place is worth a visit. Park is home to homeless. A perfect getaway for passersby. Its standing in a crowded street makes it a worthy stop. Pigeons were chewing in pallid winter sunlight. A street romeo was relaxing in the middle of the park. Some old friends were chatting idly. A child ran after pigeons. Pigeons ran away from him. In all directions. It was beautiful.