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Heirs visiting graveyards with Muharram arrival.

MULTAN -- With the arrival of MuharramulHaram, people have started visit graveyards (ShahriKhamoshan) along with grave diggers, masons and labourers for annual maintenance of graves of their near and dear ones.

One can see people in large number to visit graveyards especially in first ten days of sacred month.

From grave diggers mason and part time labourers earn reasonable income in these days by coating graves with mud mixed with husk.

"The rate for annual maintenance is determined by the side of the grave keeping in view of its depth and length.

"We used to charge upto Rs 200 for coating a normal grave in the past and now the charges of a trolley of clay costs Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 which was Rs 300 to 500 in the past. The rate of coating has swelled to double these days," said Mohammad Yousuf, a grave digger who was working in Shah Hassan Purwana, the oldest graveyard of Multan.

Geera, another grave digger working in Pak Mai graveyard said:

"Mixing husk with mud is really a tough job. One has to take care of ratio and proportion of these two for coating a grave. We are even demanding cheap rates as compared to inflation. After all, we have to nurture our families too," he added.

Visiting graves is specially associated with Muharram and on YoumiAshura, 10th of Muharram large number of men, women and kids throng graveyards of the city with rose petals, jose sticks, leaves of date tree, water and pulses for sprinkling on it.

Locally known as Babri and Ocimum, a fragrant plant is in great demand in these days and one can witness number of vendors outside every graveyard of the city. It is also used for putting on the graves on 10th Muharram.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 29, 2014
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