Hindu Temple in Pakistan’s Sialkot Reopens After 72 Years

The Pakistan government has said that the work to preserve and restore the temple will start soon.

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The temple had been shut during the Partition
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A 1,000-year old Hindu temple located in Pakistan's Sialkot, which had remained shut for the last 72 years, was reopened for people on Friday, 26 July.

Shawala Teja Singh Temple built by Sardar Teja Singh had been closed during the Partition. The Hindus stopped visiting the temple after a mob damaged it in 1992 while protesting against the demolition of the Babri Mosque in India.

“The Evacuee Trust Property Board, which looks after the holy places of minorities in Pakistan, has opened Shawala Teja Singh temple after the partition on the demand of the local Hindu community,” ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi told PTI.

‘Around 2,000 Hindus Are Ecstatic’

“Some 2,000 Hindus are residing in this locality and they are so happy to visit their centuries old worship place. Now a good number of local Hindus are visiting it. Hindus from other parts of the country are also expected to visit this temple," said Hashmi.

Abbas said the visiting Indian Hindus will also be taken to this temple.

Local Hindu leaders Rattan Laal and Rumaish Kumar have welcomed the government's step to restore the temple and open it for the minority community.

Samaa News reported that the step was taken on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"We are thankful to the government for opening our temple. We can come here whenever we want now," said a Hindu man while speaking to Samaa TV.

Deputy Commissioner Bilal Haider said that people are welcome to visit anytime.

Many tourists have started coming to the heritage site as well.

The Pakistan government has said that the work to preserve and restore the temple will start soon.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI, Samaa News)

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