Pakistan 1200 Years Old Valmiki Temple To Be Renovated In Lahore
Hindu Temple In Pakistan: After removing the illegal occupation of...
Hindu Temple In Pakistan: After removing the illegal occupation of the 1200-year-old Hindu temple located in Lahore, Pakistan, it will now be restored. The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), the federal body that oversees places of worship for the minority community in Pakistan, last month acquired the Valmiki Mandir, located near the famous Anarkali Bazaar Lahore, from a Christian family in Lahore. ) was withdrawn. The Christian family, which claims to have converted to Hinduism, had been facilitating only Valmiki caste Hindus for the past two decades for worship in the temple.
ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi said that the Valmiki temple will be renovated under the ‘master plan’ in the coming days. He said, “More than 100 Hindus, some Sikh and Christian leaders gathered at Valmiki temple today. Hindus performed their religious rituals and for the first time langar (prasad) was organized.”
Got possession after a long legal battle
The Christian family had taken over the temple more than twenty years ago. Though the temple land was transferred to the ETPB in the revenue records, the Christian family filed a case in the court in 2010-2011 claiming to be the owner of the property. When the matter reached the court, this time the court reprimanded the petitioner, rejecting the false claims.
Let us tell you that after the demolition of Babri Masjid in India in 1992, angry mob armed with weapons stormed the Valmiki temple. The mob vandalized the idols of Krishna and Valmiki temples. Apart from this, they damaged utensils and crockery in the kitchen of the temple premises and looted the gold ornaments decorated on the idols inside the temple.
Who is ETPB
An ETPB spokesperson told Dawn newspaper that a one-man commission set up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan submitted its recommendations to the government, which said the temple should be renovated to provide better facilities to the Hindu community. Explain that the ETPB takes care of the temples and lands left by the Sikhs and Hindus who migrated to India after the partition. It oversees 200 Gurdwaras and 150 temples across Pakistan.
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