Darshan Festival : History
According to legend, Great Buddha had graced Sindhi
with his visit. Finding the climate extreme, and the area dry and dusty, he
had permitted the "Bhikshus" to wear shoes here. He had also permitted the use
of padded clothing, forbidden elsewhere. Here 'Sthavitris', the Prince of
Rorik or Rohri (Aror or Alor, near modern Rohri) became his disciple. When the
Buddha went round his native Kapilavastu in a chariot, it was mentioned that
the "four auspicious horses, of lotus colour, had come from Sindhudesh."
To this day, historic Buddhist Stupas are found in Sindh. The Divyavadana
(Tibetan version) reports: "The Buddha is in Rajgriha. At this time, there
were two great cities in Jampudiv (north India), Pataliputra and Roruka. When
Roruka rises, Pataliputra declines; when Pataliputra rises, Roruka declines".
Here was Roruka of Sindh competing with the capital of the Magadha Empire.
When Bimbisar was the king of the Magadha, he sent Rudrayan, king of Sindhu-
Sauvira, a rare portrait of the Buddha. The two powerful ministers of Sindh at
the time were Hiroo and Bheru, their names still common amongst the Sindhis!
Chadragupta Maurya first won Sindh and then Punjab. It was from this base that
he displaced the Nandas, occupied Pataliputra and established the great
Sindh was part of Dasaratha's empire. When Kekayi goes into a sulk, Dasaratha
tells her, 'The sun does not set on my empire. Sindh, Sauvira, Saurashtra,
Anga, Vanga, Magadha, Kashi, Koshal - they are all mine". When Sita was
kidnapped by Ravana, Lord Rama sent the 'Vanaras' (monkeys) to look for her,
among other places, in Sindh with its "remarkable swimming horses".
Kashmir's ancient royal history Rajatirangini has many references to Sindh and
the Sindhis. Kuya's son Sindhu rose to lead the elephant brigade of Kashmir.
He was advisor to Queen Dida. A top honour was "Sindhu Gaja ", Elephant of