Groundbreaking: Pakistan Declares Historic Hindu Temple As National Heritage

In a very welcoming gesture, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has declared the ancient Hindu religious site Panj Tirath as a heritage. Panj Tirath has gotten its name because of the five pools of water that are present in it.

It is believed that Pandu, a mythical king in the Mahabharata belongs to this area. Panj Tirath is Peshawar is spread over 14 canals and has five ponds and two temples. This will now come under the Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The site was damaged earlier by the Afghan Durrani dynasty in 1747. In the early 1800s, it was restored by the local Hindu community under the rule of Sikhs. The temple again became a crowded spot as local Hindus started worshipping hearing again. A notification that has been issued under the KP Antiquities Act 2016, the encroachment should be cleared from this particular area and it will be handed over to archaeologists soon so they start the much-needed restoration work.

Mythologically it is believed that the Pandu king from Mahabharata belonged to this area. The legend has it that Hindus came to bath in these five ponds in the month of Kartheek and worship under the Palm Date trees present there. The KP government has also announced to fine rps 2 million and imprisonment of five years if anyone is found guilty of destroying the historic sight.

This is not the only good news we have! Pakistan has also approved the Hindu marriage bill. This will let the country’s shrinking Hindu minorities to opt to register marriages and also have the right to appeal in the court in case of separation or divorce. The bill also allows separated Hindus to remarry, just like Nikahnama, the Hindus living in Pakistan will have a proof of their marriage called ‘’shadiparat’’.

The development has been wholeheartedly welcomed by people on both sides of the borders, while popular Indian newspapers call it a ‘New Years gift’.

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