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Do you believe in true love? There are some immortal stories of love which inspire us and make us believe in true love. These lovers believed in each other and stood against the whole world for the sake of love. However, there is a common thing in these greatest love stories- almost all of these famous lovers met a tragic end. But their stories showed that true love is stronger than anything else in the world.


Mirza Sahiban: Dare to Love

Mirza Sahiban is a popular tragic love story from the land of Punjab. This is a tragic tale of love and betrayal. According to the folklore, Mirza Khan was the son of Wanjhal Khan who was the leader of Kharal tribe in Dhanbad while Sahiban was the daughter of Mahni, the chief of Kheewa, a small village in Sial region of Pakistan. Mirza’s mother and Sahiban’s father were “milk siblings” as they were given the milk of the same mother as babies.

When it was time to enroll Mirza to school, he was sent to his “milk uncle’s house for studies. Sahiban’s father enrolled both Mirza and Sahiban to school to learn Quran as both were of the same age. As the kids grew up and turned adolescents, the feelings of love started to blossom. As they became adults, Mirza became a skilled horseman and archer while Sahiban grew up to be an exquisite beauty. However the family came to know of it and sent Mirza back to his village and meanwhile fixed Sahiban’s marriage somewhere else.

Sahiban managed to send the message across to Mirza who went to rescue Sahiban with his father’s blessings. He kidnapped Sahiban on her wedding day and eloped on the horseback. Assuming that they had reached a safe distance, he decided to rest and fell asleep with Sahiban watching over him. Fearing that the skilled archer Mirza would kill her brothers, she broke his arrows thinking that she would persuade her brothers to forgive them. Soon her brothers reached and Mirza waking up for the fight all the arrows broken. A quick shot from Sahiban’s brother pierced his throat while before another arrow could hit him, Sahiban threw herself over him and thus they both died together. Separated in life but united in death, Mirza- Sahiban are still alive in the folklore.

Mirza Sahiba Full Song Harbhajan Mann


Sohni Mahiwal: An Eternal Love Story

Sohni Mahiwal is a tragic love story of Punjab. The story is during the 18th century. Sohni was the beautiful daughter of a potter named Tulla and lived in a small village near the mighty Chenab river. She used to help her father in artistically decorating the pots. Shahzada Izzat Baig, a rich trader from Bukhara came to the village and lost his heart on seeing Sohni. He would go everyday to the shop and buy pots just to have a glimpse of Sohni. Instead of returning, Izzat Baig took up the job of a menial servant at Tulla’s house and would take the buffaloes for grazing & soon everyone started calling him Mahiwal (Buffalo herder).

Sohni and Mahiwal’s love soon caused a commotion in the community as villagers didn’t want her to marry outside the community. Soon Sohni was married off to another potter from the village against her wishes. The dejected Mahiwal started living as a fakir in a small hut across the Chenab river from Sohni’s new home. Sohni would come to meet Mahiwal every night and swim across the Chenab with the help of an inverted pitcher so that it would not sink.

However her sister-in-law came to know of their secret rendezvous and she secretly replaced the hard baked pitcher with an unbaked one. Sohni drowned in the river that night as the unbaked pitcher dissolved in the water. When Mahiwal saw Sohni drowning in water, he jumped in the river to save her but drowned as well. Thus both the lovers united after death.

Sohni Meri Sohni | Anwar, Asha Bhosle | Sohni Mahiwal |


Sassi Punnu : Love Beckons!

Sassi Punnu is a famous folktale told in Sindh about a faithful woman who undergoes all kinds of troubles while seeking her lover who had been separated from her due to rivals.

Sassi was the daughter of Raja of Bhambore. On her birth, the astrologers predicted that she would bring bad name to the royal family. The raja ordered to put the child in a wooden box and be thrown in the river Sindhu. A washerman of Bhambore village found her and adopted her as he was childless. Sassi grew up to be very beautiful and stories of her beauty reached Punnu, the young prince from Balochistan.

Punnu reached Sassi’s village and fell in love with her. But Sassi’s father wanted her to marry a washerman only. He told Punnu that he would have to pass a test as a washerman and gave him clothes to wash. Being a prince, Punnu had never washed clothes and he tore them while washing. However he hid gold coins in the clothes while returning hoping to win the favor of the villagers. His trick worked and Sassi’s father agreed for marriage.

Even Punnu’s family was against the match as Sassi was a washerman’s daughter. Punnu’s brothers came to Bhambore and threatened him but he didn’t relent. So they agreed to join the festivities and made Punnu drink wine. Then they carried the intoxicated Punnu on camel’s back and returned to their hometown. Next morning when Sassi came to know this, she became agitated and started running barefoot to Kech Marken, Punnu’s hometown. Alone she continued to cross the desert until her feet were blistered.

Sassi continued her journey inspite of being tired and thirsty while crying out Punnu’s name. On the way, she came across a shepherd’s hut who gave her some water to drink. Seeing this beautiful girl alone, the shepherd tried to force himself on her. Sassi ran away and prayed God to hide her. The land shook and Sassi was buried in the valley of mountains. Meanwhile Punnu woke up in his hometown and started running back to Bhambore while calling Sassi’s name. He came across the shepherd and came to know about Sassi’s burial. While lamenting aloud, Punnu also said the same prayer and the land shook again & he was also buried in the same valley as Sassi.

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Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 03, 2018:

@Chitrangada True love is hard to find indeed...sometimes I wonder if it even exists! But stories like these make us believe in true love

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 01, 2018:

Immortal love stories indeed, and you presented them very nicely!

True love is difficult to find. But true love stories do inspire and make us believe that it is possible.

I have seen some of these movies, you mentioned above.

Thanks for sharing!

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 31, 2018:

@Manatita Sad and tragic indeed! It's the tragic ends that has made these lovers immortal.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 31, 2018:

@Dora True love transcends all barriers.

manatita44 from london on October 31, 2018:

Sad stories. India and Indian legend has quite a few of them. Very meaningful and poignant in their own way.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 30, 2018:

Death seemed to be the savior for these relationships. They portray a love that is stronger than death.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 29, 2018:

@Dana We often set high expectations while seeking true love. And that's what causes heartache.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on October 29, 2018:

These beautiful love stories are the backbone of a human's perception of "true Love" I sometimes wonder if it was hard for me to find love because I was always looking for the Romeo to my Juliette or, my prince charming. It took me along time to realize that love grows beautiful over time and takes work. But still we can all dream. I loved the stories. beautiful and tragic

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 29, 2018:

@FlourishAnyway tragic indeed!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2018:

Thank you for sharing these folk tales. I hadn't heard anything like them. Very tragic.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 28, 2018:

@Mary Yeah...Their immense love and the tragic end have made them immortal.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 28, 2018:

Interesting folk tales. I am amazed at how much love the partners have, till death.

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