Hindus handed over temple after renovation

Published October 26, 2019
— Dawn
— Dawn

SIALKOT: The government on Friday formally handed over historical Shawala Teja Singh Temple to the Pakistan Hindu Council for worship after completion of its rehabilitation.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Dr Amir Ahmed inaugurated this newly renovated building.

Located at Sialkot city’s congested Mohallah Dharowal, Circular Road, the temple has been lying abandoned since the Partition of India. It is stated to be about 1,000 years old.

The Hindu community had been demanding its rehabilitation and reopening consistently. On July 2 this year, the government had announced reopening of the temple for the Hindu community after its 72 years long closure. Its renovation, repair and rehabilitation work was started on Aug 21 with a special grant of Rs5m released by the ETPB for this project.

The temple has been restored according to its original design and shape. The entire building has been whitewashed and the main entrance has been fixed while the boundary walls have also been constructed to secure this temple.

On Friday, the Hindus performed their religious rituals and worship. They also distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion.

The local Hindu community leaders, Rattan Lal, Ramesh Kumar, Dr Munawar Chand, Amarnath Randhawa and Pandit Kashi Ram, after performing their worship and religious rituals at this temple, welcomed project and its formal hand over to the community.

They said the building of the abandoned historical temple was badly damaged by the mob of the outraged Muslims after the demolition of Babari Mosque in Ayodhya in India in December 1992.

They said reopening of the temple has told the world that the Pakistan government was making efforts to ensure the basic rights and freedom of the minorities. They stressed the need for promotion of the religious harmony.

Published in Dawn, October 26th, 2019

Opinion

Editorial

Is there a plan?
Updated 06 Dec, 2022

Is there a plan?

The ball currently is in Imran's court, but it appears he is stumped as to what to do with it.
Riverfront concerns
06 Dec, 2022

Riverfront concerns

THE door-to-door drive being launched by a group of landowners to mobilise affected communities against what they...
Morality police out
06 Dec, 2022

Morality police out

FOR several months, Iran has been rocked by unprecedented protests, sparked by the death on Sept 16 of Mahsa Amini, ...
Extension legacy
Updated 05 Dec, 2022

Extension legacy

The practice of having individuals carry on well beyond their time is up.
Dodging accountability
05 Dec, 2022

Dodging accountability

A WARNING carried in these pages in August appears to have gone completely unheeded. Months ago, as the government...
Double standards
05 Dec, 2022

Double standards

IN a globalised world, if states fail to protect the human rights of their citizens, or worse, participate in ...