First time since partition, Hindu temple in Peshawar to be renovated

For the first time in the history of independent Pakistan, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has begun renovation of one of the prominent and only functional Kali Bari Mandir, dedicated to goddess Kali, in the restive Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.
While talking to TOI over phone from Peshawar on Sunday, Deputy Secretary, Shrines, ETPB Faraz Abbas informed that conceding to the demand of local Hindu population, ETPB had begun the repair and renovation work of the historical temple.
Before the partition, Peshawar was dotted with several Hindu temples including Gorakhanat Temple, Dargah Pier Ratn Nath etc. After partition, all the temples were closed under the influence of Muslim fundamentalists. However, Hindus of Peshawar who refused to migrate to India continued to perform religious services in the Kali Bari temple.
Faraz informed that ETPB had chalked out nearly Rs 1 crore project for the development of historical temple. “A new langar hall, jora ghar is being constructed, roof of the temple is beign replaced, domes are being repaired and new pinnacles were being installed upon them” he informed .
For daily religious services, he informed that ETPB had decided to take regular services of existing Pujari from the local Hindu community and were contemplating on taking him on ETPB rolls so the religious services were not interrupted.
He further informed that Chairman, ETPB, Farooq ul Saddiq had donated two kalash (temple pinnacles) for the two domes of Kali Bari temple. Besides, ETPB had donated an ambulance to Hinglaj Mata temple situated on Makran coast in the Lasbela district of Balochistan province of Pakistan. “We had received request form the local Hindu community that they had difficulty in taking the patients of hospital so ETPB decided to provide them with the ambulance” he said.

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