Compiled By: Rtn. Gangaram Shamdas Purswani (P.H.F.)
Badin (Sindhi: بدين ) is the main city and capital of Badin District in Sindh, Pakistan. It lies east of the Indus River. It is the 87th largest city in Pakistan. Badin is often called ‘Sugar State’ due to its production of sugar.
Badin District was established in the year 1975. It comprises five Talukas Viz: Badin, Matli, Shaheed Fazal Rahu, Talhar and Tando bago and 46 Union Councils with 14 revenue circles, 111 Tapas and 535 dehs. This District is bordered by Hyderabad & Mirpukhas District in the North. Tharparkar & Mirpurkhas in the East, Hyderabad & Thatta District in the west & Kutch District of India in the South, which also forms the international boundary with India.
The city was once the centre of Sufi culture in the region. Badin’s Gyarvi Sharif Mela, (Gyarvi mean 11 in Sindi) or “Giyarwee Shareef Mela” (the Festival of Abdul-Qadir Gilani) was one of the famous festivals of Sindh that started around 1569 and ended around 1969 due to lack of support from government, and spread of Wahhabism, an orthodox version of Islam, which sees Sufism and Sufi Festivals as “threat to Islamic principles”. It was the festival that use to attract more than fifty thousand people on each celebration.