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The love story of sohni mahiwal

A popular folk tale in the Indian subcontinent.

By AbliPublished 8 months ago 4 min read

The love story of Sohni Mahiwal is a timeless tale of passion, sacrifice, and tragedy. It is a popular folk tale in the Indian subcontinent, especially in Punjab, and has been retold in various forms of literature, music, and art over the centuries. The story is a symbol of eternal love, and it has been celebrated as one of the greatest love stories in South Asian folklore.

The story dates back to the 18th century, during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. Sohni was a beautiful and artistic girl who lived in a small village by the river Chenab, in Punjab. She was a skilled pottery maker and used to create exquisite earthenware. Mahiwal, on the other hand, was a wealthy trader who used to come to the village to sell his merchandise. He was captivated by Sohni's beauty and charm, and they fell in love at first sight.

Their love was not accepted by society, as Mahiwal was a rich merchant, and Sohni was a simple potter's daughter. They had to meet in secret, and their love flourished despite the odds. Sohni used to visit the river every night and would swim across to the other side to meet Mahiwal. He would come to the riverbank and wait for her, and they would spend the whole night together, talking, laughing, and dreaming about their future.

To make sure that Mahiwal could find her, Sohni used to light a lamp made of clay, which she had created herself. The lamp was the symbol of their love, and it guided Mahiwal to her every night. However, their love was not destined to last forever. One night, Sohni's sister-in-law found out about their secret meetings and informed Sohni's father.

Sohni's father was furious, and he forbade her from seeing Mahiwal. He arranged her marriage to a wealthy man from the village, hoping to put an end to her love affair. But Sohni was determined to be with Mahiwal, and on the night of her wedding, she escaped from her house and swam across the river to meet him.

Mahiwal had bought a new camel for their journey to the desert, where they planned to live together. They rode away into the night, but their happiness was short-lived. A few days later, they were caught by the men sent by Sohni's father. Mahiwal was brutally killed, and Sohni was left alone to die in the desert.

پار چناں دے دسّے کلّی یار دی
گھڑیا، گھڑیا، آ وے گھڑیا
رات ہنیری ندی ٹھاٹھاں ماردی
اڑئیے، اڑئیے، ہاں نی اڑئیے
کچّی میری مٹّی کچّا میرا نام نی
ہاں میں ناکام نی
کچّیاں دا ہندا کچّا انجام نی
ایہہ گل عام نی
کچّیاں تے رکھئیے نہ امید پار دی
اڑئیے، اڑئیے، ہاں نی اڑئے

Actually the love story of Sohni and mahewal (izzat beg) is beautiful

but the way poet describe the story is a brilliant art . The discussion between clay pot and Sohni is like the discussion between soul and mind during the most horrible time ,the time between death and life
The song starts with sohni telling the pot that mahiwal's hut is across chenaab, the night is dark and river on high waves.
Later on, pot tells sohni that I am not strong but weak, in fact my nature is weakness. The end of a weakone is always weak. One should not expect crossing the river taking support from a weak one.
Oh listen, girl( oh Sohni ), don’t be stubborn

Now, just read the above two paragraphs picturing sohni as human soul, pot as the human mind, Mahiwal as true master or God, and river as the life and its ups and downs, happiness and sorrow etc.
This song is the conversation of soul with mind.
When I studied the story and the poetry, that is absolutely the art that hits the soul and mind .
Imagine such a refind symbolism in folk...

The tragic end of Sohni Mahiwal's love story has become a symbol of eternal love and sacrifice. Their story has been retold in various forms of literature, music, and art, and has inspired countless generations. The love between Sohni and Mahiwal was pure and true, and they were willing to give up everything for each other. Their love story is a reminder that true love transcends all boundaries and that it is worth fighting for, no matter what the consequences may be.


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  • Muhammad Farman8 months ago

    I love the tales of indian subcontinent.

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