For the past two weeks, International Border across LOC has witnessed heavy gunshots. Pakistan has been using it’s fire power blatantly- including small arms, mortars and heavy shells against the Border Security Force (BSF). Pakistan has not spare even the civilians living on the Indian side.
But you will be shocked to know that Pakistan, over all these years, has spared a 350 years old shrine which is dedicated to Chamri Wale Baba aka Chamliyal Baba.
Howerver, this year three bullets have already landed in the premises of this shrine or dargah.When asked, BSF soldiers said that this is perhaps because ofthe possible ricochet of bullets.
A BSF soldier said, “This time three bullets landed in the premises of dargah which we feel will bring bad luck to Pakistan Rangers.”
You’ll be more surprised to know that both the BSF and Pakistan Rangers have faith in the supernatural powers of the Baba.
An officer said, “We feel the Baba protects us, Not just bullet proof vests and helmets, we feel there is a supernatural power which takes care of the jawans.”
According to history, hundreds of years ago, Chamdi Wale Baba or Chamliyal Baba had great influence in this regions. The baba had followers from everal villages who used to believe him and worship him but he was, beheaded by some miscreants. His head wass dropped in Sadawali, where this dargah or shrine was established by Pakistan. However, his headless body was carried ny his horse to Chamliyal, a place which got named after him.
And hence, there are two shrines of Chamliyal baba. One is established in India and the other one is established in Pakistan.
The admiration of this shrine was so high that Pakistan Rangers used to cross over to the Indian side to offer prayings and chadars and pay homage to baba. Likewise, Indian Soldiers used to go to the other side with the miracle sand called “Shakkar” (sweet
) and water from the well “Sharbat” to offer homage and to pray.
Although after the wars and strained relationship between both the countries, the practice of crossing over was stopped. But this tradition has been kept alive with the soldiers of both the sides.
Every month, in the month of June, to catch a glimpse of the “Chadar” ceremony carried out by the soldiers of both the sides, thousands of civilians gather at the border .After the ceremony is over, the officers of BSF distribute “sharbat” and “shakkar” to Pakistan Rangers.
Alongwith the powers of Baba, people from both the sides also believes that the soild obtained from Chamliyal Dargah
The soil obtained from Chamri Wale Baba’s dargah is known to cure skin ailments, especially psoriasis. People from both sides of the border use this soil as ointment.