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Tilla Jogian

Jhelum

Tilla Jogian, location of Tilla Jogian temple complex - a 1st-century BC Hindu and Sikh holy site, is the highest peak in the eastern Salt Range in Punjab, Pakistan. At 975 meters (3200 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km to the west of Jhelum City city and 10 km west

of the model village of Khukha. The view from the top of Tilla is highly rewarding. Rohtas Fort is located to the east of Tilla Jogian at a distance of about 7 km from Dina, a rapidly expanding town on the Grand Trunk Road.

Tilla Jogian mountain peak can be seen from districts of Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Jhelum and Chakwal. It is situated on a commanding place near the Jhelum River. From its height of 3200 feet, you can see a panorama unparalleled in Pakistan.

Tilla Jogian temple complex has been place of Hindu pilgrimage for at least 2000 years. It was established in 1st century BC by the Guru Gorakhnath of kanphata Jogis. Tilla Jogian in Punjabi means the Hill of Saints. This is where the Kanphata Jogis, who pierced their earlobes and were an order founded by Guru Gorakhnath have left behind a monastery.

Tilla Jogian comprises a complex of Hindu mandirs housing at least three baths and a network of waterworks with at least two minor dams. There are number of ways to reach at the top: One from Rohtas Fort side and the other from Sanghoi, the Jhelum River side.

Murad Baksh, aka Ranjha, the hero of the real life romantic epic story Heer Ranjha came to this place to join the Jogi order. Guru Nanak (1469-1539 CE), founder of Sikh religion, also meditated here for 40 days. Akbar (1542 - 1605 CE), Mughal Emperor visited this place twice in four years to pay homage and built a water tank here. Jahangir (1605 - 1627 CE), Mughal Emperor also paid a visit here. Ahmad Shah Abdali sacked and looted the monastery. Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780 - 1839 CE), visited to pay his respect and constructed a big water pond, which still survives in good condition, he also built a monument on the spot where Guru Nanak had meditated for 40 days, which has been vandalized, by making small opening in its north wall and a bit of the domed roof broken, but by late 2005 the damage had been enlarged and the floor uprooted. The British made a road and a pond here for water. The Hindu temple complex and matha (Hindu monastery) lies in ruins.

this 2100-year-old temple complex is gradually but systematically being desecrated and demolished. Two dozen samadhis (Hindu shrines) that existed in 1994 near Akbar's tank were systematically being demolished in response to the demolition of Babri Masjid by Hindu extremists in India in 1992. In the late 1990s, the floors of two temples were uprooted by the locals to dig the valuables and ancient coins.