MULTAN: A huge tazia,commonly known as ‘Wadda Baira’ has come to gather rich significance in this region as this unique raft-cum-Tazia contains seventy two tombs of martyrs of Karbala, along with the image of flowing River Farat (Euphretes) and tents where the family of Imam Hussain (AS) spent time till tenth of Moharram.
This tazia is taken out at 12 noon on every tenth of Moharram from Surij Miani Multan, the northern part of the city for the last sixty five years.
It is believed that its founder Khalifa Mohammad Ramzan was invoked in his dream to make a symbolic ‘baira’ bearing tombs of seventy two martyrs of Karbala incident.
Thus this tazia was taken out from Maari Street,at the Suraj Miani with hundreds of mourners joining it as a part of the Moharram procession.
After some two decades, its scale got bigger,so much so that its length has reached upto 60 feet,width 15 feet and the height 40 feet. These huge dimensions distinguish it from rest of the tazias Taken out anywhere in the country.
“It’s one of the biggest ziarat (symbolic relic) taken out inSouth Asia”,claims grandson of Khalifa Ramzan, Javed Iqbal alias Billo who was busy in readying this tazia along with his fellow mourners Ali Haider and Nazar Abbas with the aim to commemorate the martyrdom and pay homage to Imam Hussain (AS) and his faithful companions.
About 40-50 people lift the replica on their shoulders with few stop overs before approaching to Imambargah Sher Shah Wala at 4 am (10th Moharram) amid tight security arrangements.
It remains inside Imambargah for complete twelve hours till 4 pm and then it is taken to local Karbala after covering a distance of about five kilometers with many Anjumans (reciters) including one hailing from the renowned Sootri Watt area along with dozens of mourners.
Out of veneration for this sacred symbolic Baira people donate hefty amounts and ‘tabarkat’ (offerings). After the recitation of ‘Ziarat Ashura’ the procession concludes.This ‘Baira’ is covered with white cloth and instead of burying it unlike other tazia it is returned back to Maari to save it for the next rituals.
“Whoever sincerely prays to Allah Almighty,invokes His blessings,while giving reference of Imam Hussain (AS) and his great sacrifices for Islam would get his legitimate wishes fulfilled “,said members of Khalifa family,the licence holders of Baira tazia.
APP (Feature-story by Salman Raza)