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Hindu temple reopens in Pak’s Sialkot after 72 yrs

Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Dhaarowal, Sialkot city, has been re-opened for people after 72 years.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2019 00:49 IST
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An old picture of Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Dhaarowal, Sialkot city, which has been reopened after seven decades.
An old picture of Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Dhaarowal, Sialkot city, which has been reopened after seven decades. (Twitter)
         

A 1,000-year-old Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Sialkot city, which was sealed for the last 72 years, has been re-opened for people.

Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Dhaarowal was built by Sardar Teja Singh and closed during the Partition. The Hindus of Sialkot stopped visiting the temple after a mob damaged it in 1992 while protesting the demolition of the Babri Masjid in India, Samaa TV reported.

The step was taken on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, said the report. “We are thankful to the government for opening our temple,” said a Hindu man while speaking to Samaa TV. “We can come here whenever we want now.”

“People are free to visit anytime,” said deputy commissioner Bilal Haider.

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

First Published: Jul 29, 2019 21:04 IST

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