Bhera – a disregarded land of historical importance
Bhera is a small town near Sargodha which is largely unknown despite the fact that it holds centuries old memories. This town has existed since more than 2,500 years now. Prior to the colonial era, many armies attacked and plundered this town. Mahmud of Ghazni and Jenghiz Khan have also stepped on this land which was a business area then.
Bhera was established inside a fort surrounded by strong walls with eight gates. Though large part of the wall stands vanished now. Six of the gates are named after the cities they face such as Lahori gate, Multani gate, Chinioti gate, Kashmiri gate and Kabuli gate, while two others are named after local influential people of the past time – Peeranwala gate and Haji Gulab gate.
According to an article appeared in Dawn.com, the town is divided into mohallas such as Piracha, Sheikhan and Sethian. These localities still have remnants of the past like old buildings, recherché mansions and community house with fine wooden architecture of carved doors, arches and balconies, which account of a glorious past of the town.
The elegance of Peeli Kothi on a mound implies as if it belonged to a landlord of the area. This territory also has derelict Sikh and Hindu temples, which are occasionally visited by their devotees. ‘Eiffel Tower of Bhera’, once a worshipping place for Sikhs, offers panoramic view of the area. This edifice has been converted into an imambargah.
Delicacies of this area include vermicelli, pateesa, furniture, quilts and khussas.
Founder of the Suri Empire, Sher Shah Suri was a good infrastructure developer. He constructed Rohtas Fort in Jhelum and a mosque in Bhera. There are ancient mosques of different eras including Tughlaq, Khilji and Suri, but Sher Shah Suri mosque is distinguished for its three domes and turrets on four corners. It has a pond for ablution and a wide courtyard. Its boundary walls are similar to a fort, a blog on Express Tribune reported.