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Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan

Jürgen Schaflechner


The shrine of the Goddess Hinglaj is located in the desert of Balochistan, Pakistan, about 215 kilometers west of the city of Karachi. Notwithstanding its ancient Hindu and Muslim history, the establishment of an annual festival at Hinglaj took place only recently, “invented” in the mid-1980s. Only after the construction of the Makran Coastal Highway (MCH), a road that now—coincidentally—connects the formerly distant desert shrine with urban Pakistan, was the increasingly confident minority Hindu community able to claim Hinglaj as their main religious center, a site for undisturbed religious p ... More

Keywords: Pakistan, Hinduism, Hinglaj, Goddess worship, ritual journeys, śākta pīṭhas, solidification of tradition, religious minority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190850524
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190850524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jürgen Schaflechner, author
Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern South Asian Languages and Literature, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg