Over 200 Hindu pilgrims from India, the USA and the Gulf area prayed on the 100-year-old renovated Maharaja Paramhans Ji mandir in northwest Pakistan on Saturday amidst tight safety, 12 months after the temple was once demolished by means of a mob belonging to a thorough Islamist birthday party.
The delegation of Hindus consisted of just about 200 devotees from India, 15 from Dubai, the remaining from the USA and different Gulf states.
The mandir and ‘samadhi’ of Paramhans Ji in Teri village, Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa underwent in depth restore closing 12 months after it was once demolished by means of an offended mob in 2020, an incident that was once condemned globally.
The Indian pilgrims crossed over during the Wagah Border close to Lahore, and have been escorted to the temple by means of armed team of workers, officers stated.
The programme has been organised by means of the Pakistani Hindu Council in collaboration with the nationwide provider Pakistan World Airways.
At the day, the funerary monument and Teri village at massive was once fortified with 600 males from the Rangers, Intelligence and Airport Safety Pressure maintaining guard, led by means of a Superintendent of Police rank officer.
The rituals will move on during the night time until afternoon of Sunday, Hindu Council officers stated.
‘Hujras’ or outside reception rooms have been transformed into shelters for the pilgrims.
The markets close to the temple have been observed humming with vacationers and the youngsters from the Hindu contingent have been photographed enjoying cricket with the native children.
In-charge, Criminal Affairs, Hindu Neighborhood Rohit Kumar recommended the Pakistan govt for the preparations and the restore works.
“Lately’s prayers on the mandir by means of yatris from India is a favorable message for India, for selling peace and non secular cohesion within the area,” he stated.
The Pakistan Hindu Council has promoted the initiative beneath the aegis of “religion tourism”.
Maharaaj Paramhans Ji died at Teri village in 1919.
Some contributors of the novel Jamiat Ulema-i- Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) had vandalised the ‘samadhi’ on December 30, 2020. The temple had additionally been demolished in 1997.
The provincial govt renovated it after Rs 3.3 crore was once recovered from the JUI-F mob.