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In India, Eunuchs revere the Khawaja Polytheistic Shrine and make an annual pilgrimage to its shrine in large numbers.

What is the authentic historical reason for Eunuchs in large numbers congregating at the Shrine?

According to the various anecdotal reports (all of them seem unauthentic), there are two camps which give the following reasons:

1) This article reports that the Khwaja saint helped impregnating the Eunuchs, hence Eunuchs congregate to pray for impregnation.

2) There are other reports about Khawaja himself being an Eunuch, as the word "Khawaja" is an Urdu word which itself means Eunuch

Hence the question that arises is when did the first major group of Eunuchs started to congregate at this Shrine?Do historical sources record these dates?

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Which Khawaja do you mean? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khawaja –  Lennart Regebro Jan 1 at 9:03
    
@MarkC.Wallace its not asking whether eunuchs can get pregnant, its asking the reason behind this peculiar historical practice , how it first started? –  hist Jan 3 at 2:50
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It's hard to answer if you don't even know which Khawaja you mean. I can't find any reference to Eunuchs worshipping anyone. –  Lennart Regebro Jan 3 at 8:51
    
Oh, you are talking about Hijras? Calling them eunuchs is confusing, that usually refers to castrated men who still live and identify as men. –  Lennart Regebro Jan 28 at 20:32
    
@LennartRegebro Hijras are called eunuch in India and they explicitly identify themselves as women. –  hist Jan 30 at 5:53

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The document you link to provides the answer: There is a belief among Hijras that Khwaja Gharib Nawaz blessed Hijras, and once even made a Hijra pregnant. So they view Khwaja Gharib Nawaz as one (of several) "patron saints".

"Khwaja" does not mean Eunuch. The term "Khawaja Sira" or "Khwaja Saara" does seem to be used to mean Hijras, but that is a compound term. The "Khwaja" in Khwaja Gharib Nawaz rather means "lord" or "master". I do not know if the "Khawaja" in "Khawaja Sira" has the same etymology.

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+1 Thanks, can I get some more information regarding the dates when the first group started to congregate there as asked. –  hist Jan 29 at 4:58

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