Pakistan's Punjab government releases Rs 20 million to renovate, expand Krishna temple in Rawalpindi

Pakistan's Punjab province government has released Rs 20 million to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report said on Sunday

PTI May 20, 2018 21:02:08 IST
Pakistan's Punjab government releases Rs 20 million to renovate, expand Krishna temple in Rawalpindi

Islamabad: Pakistan's Punjab province government has released Rs 20 million to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report said on Sunday.

Pakistans Punjab government releases Rs 20 million to renovate expand Krishna temple in Rawalpindi

Representational image. Reuters

Krishna temple is the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are two prayers held at the temple every day — one in the morning and one in the evening — which are attended by six or seven people.

Mohammad Asif, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Administrator, said the government has released Rs 20 million to reconstruct the temple at the request of a Member of Provincial Assembly, Dawn reported.

He said reconstruction work would begin soon. A team has visited the site and pointed out a plan to start work. The main room where idols are kept will be sealed until reconstruction ends, the paper said. "Once reconstructed, the temple will be able to accommodate more people," Asif was quoted as saying by the paper.

The official said the temple could accommodate the local Hindu community from the twin cities and nearby areas. The small temple was built by Kanji Mal and Ujagar Mal Ram Rachpal in 1897 to serve people in nearby areas. However, after Partition the street temple in Saddar became the only place of worship for Rawalpindi's Hindus.

The temple was reopened after partition in 1949; it was operated by local Hindus before being handed over to the ETPB in 1970. Until the 1980s, even diplomats living in Islamabad visited the temple to pray. Local Hindus have said the temple's area should be expanded.

Jag Mohan Arora said the temple courtyard, which can only accommodate 100 or so people, should be expanded, and shops next to the temple that the ETPB has leased to local traders should be retrieved to expand the front of the building. "At present the front of the temple is very small. The ETPB should vacate nearby shops that have been rented," Arora said.

Updated Date:

also read

Punjab political scenario up in the air after Amarinder Singh resigns
Politics

Punjab political scenario up in the air after Amarinder Singh resigns

The tussle for the state in 2022 will see a quadrangular contest between the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP and the AAP

From Sunil Jakhar to Navjot Singh Sidhu, probable faces for Punjab CM post after Amarinder's exit
Politics

From Sunil Jakhar to Navjot Singh Sidhu, probable faces for Punjab CM post after Amarinder's exit

Former Punjab President Sunil Jakhar has emerged as a frontrunner amid reports that the party wants to project a non Sikh chief ministerial face ahead of polls to counter AAP which is gaining ground in the state

Here's a look at the missiles in Pakistan's expanding nuclear arsenal
World

Here's a look at the missiles in Pakistan's expanding nuclear arsenal

If the current trend continues, then Pakistan, which as of date has a nuclear weapons stockpile of approximately 165 warheads, would have around 200 warheads by 2025