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The major Hindu temples in Pakistan are Shri Hinglaj Mata temple (whose annual Hinglaj Yatra is the largest Hindu pilgrimage in Pakistan, which is participated by more than 250,000 pilgrims),[1] Shri Ramdev Pir temple (whose annual Ramdevpir mela in the temple is the second largest Hindu pilgrimage in Pakistan,[2] Umarkot Shiv Mandir (famous for its annual Shivrathri festival, which is one of the biggest religious festivals in Pakistan.,[3] Churrio Jabal Durga Mata Temple (famous for Shivrathri celebrations which is attended by 200,000 pilgrims) etc[4]

Azad Kashmir

Bhimber District, Pakistan
Kotli District, Pakistan
Mirpur District, Pakistan
Muzaffarabad District, Pakistan
Neelum District, Pakistan

Balochistan

See also: Hinduism in Balochistan

Hawan at Hinglaj Mata temple
Hawan at Hinglaj Mata temple
Las Bela District
Kalat District
Quetta District

Islamabad

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

See also: Hinduism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Abbottabad District
Dera Ismail Khan District
Haripur District
Karak District
Mansehra District
Mardan District
Nowshera District
Peshawar District

Punjab

See also: Hinduism in Punjab, Pakistan

Baba Ram Thaman Shrine in Kasur district
Baba Ram Thaman Shrine in Kasur district
The intact but abandoned Bavalakh Nath Temple in Jhang
The intact but abandoned Bavalakh Nath Temple in Jhang
Attock District
Rahim Yar Khan District
Bhakkar District
Chakwal District
Faisalabad District
Gujranwala District
Gujrat District
Hafizabad District
Jhelum District
Kasur District
Khanewal District
Khushab District
Lahore District
Layyah District
Lodhran District
Mianwali District
Multan District
Nankana Sahib District
Narowal District
Okara District
Pakpattan District
Rawalpindi District
Sargodha District
Sialkot District

Sindh

See also: Hinduism in Sindh province

Temples in Sindh province:

Dadu District
Ghotki District
Hyderabad District
Jacobabad District
Jamshoro District
Karachi District
Kashmore District
Khairpur District
Matiari District
Mirpur Khas District
Naushahro Feroze District
Qambar Shahdadkot District
Sanghar District
Sujawal District
Shikarpur District
Sukkur District
Tando Allahyar District
Tharparkar District
Thatta District
Umerkot District


Threats

A survey carried out by All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement Pakistan's revealed that out of 428 Hindu temples in Pakistan that existed before Partition only around 20 survive today and they remain neglected by the Evacuee Trust Property Board which controls those while the rest had been converted for other uses.[73] Nearly 1000 active and former Hindu temples were attacked in 1992 riots and in other attacks like 2014 Larkana temple attack, 2019 Ghotki riots, 2020 Karak temple attack etc[74] Idols in some temples in Pakistan have gone missing and the ponds outside those temples that are considered necessary for a holy dip are drying up due to neglect which has irked the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[75] However some of the closed temples has been reopened following the Court rulings,[76] and government intervention.[77]

See also

References

Notelist

  1. ^ Demolished in December 2020 again[23][24]
Further reading
Citations
  1. ^ a b Xafar, Ali (20 April 2016). "Mata Hinglaj Yatra: To Hingol, a pilgrimage to reincarnation". The Express Tribune.
  2. ^ "Hindu's converge at Ramapir Mela near Karachi seeking divine help for their security". Times of India. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  3. ^ "The thriving Shiva festival in Umarkot is a reminder of Sindh's Hindu heritage". 27 February 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Contractor blasting through Tharparkar temple in search of granite". Express Tribune. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  5. ^ Kashmir Heritage - Barnala Bhimber Temple, AJK Tourism and Archaeology Department
  6. ^ Banganga Temple, Khuiratta, Azad Kashmir Pakistan, Flickr
  7. ^ Forgotten Atrocities: Memoirs of a Survivor of the 1947 Partition of India By Bal K. Gupta (Page No. 5), Google Books
  8. ^ Raghunath temple old Mirpur Azad Kashmir, Wikimedia Commons
  9. ^ a b Are there any Hindus left in the Pakistan Administered Kashmir (Azad Kashmir)?, Quora
  10. ^ a b Old Hindu Temple Mandar, Tripadvisor
  11. ^ DAWN (26 June 2019). "Hindu council delegation visits ancient temple site in AJK".
  12. ^ Schaflechner, Jürgen (2018). Hinglaj Devi : identity, change, and solidification at a Hindu temple in Pakistan. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190850555. OCLC 1008771979.
  13. ^ "In a Muslim-majority country, a Hindu goddess lives on". 2019-01-10.
  14. ^ 200-year-old temple in Quetta returned to Hindu community Dawn (newspaper)
  15. ^ Mirri Fort and Hindu Temple in Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan Have Fun
  16. ^ Zulfiqar Baig (21 December 2018). "Building temple: Hindu community hopes to secure PM Nawaz Shareef". Express Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  17. ^ Another old Hindu temple demolished in Haripur in Islamic Pakistan., Struggle for Hindu Existence
  18. ^ Police conducts mock exercise at *Balmik Ji Temple, News Alerts
  19. ^ a b Temples Of Kafir Kot & Bilout, Pakistan Geotagging
  20. ^ Gurudwara Kali Devi, Distt Dera Ismail Khan, World Gurudwaras
  21. ^ Minority rights: Another Hindu temple demolished The Express Tribune
  22. ^ Temple at Hurripore (Hazara District) The British Library
  23. ^ "Mob led by Islamists demolishes Hindu temple in NW Pakistan". Thompson Citizen. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  24. ^ Ahmad, Imtiaz (2021-12-30). "Hindu temple in Pakistan vandalised, set on fire". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  25. ^ Footprints: A saint without a shrine Dawn (newspaper)
  26. ^ Department of Archaeology and Museums (2004-01-30). "UNESCO world heritage Centre - Mansehra Rock Edicts". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  27. ^ When faith won over 'hate of partition': The story of two Shiva temples in Pakistan Zee News India
  28. ^ Hindu Guides Infantry Temple: The bell that rings no more
  29. ^ Historic site demolished in Nankana Sahib DNA India
  30. ^ Night of Shiv: Shivratri festival begins at Dargah Pir Ratan Nath The Express Tribune
  31. ^ Gor Khattree and Gorakhnath Temple, Peshawar, Rediff.com.
  32. ^ Goddess Kali Temple In Peshawar To Be Renovated For The First Time Since Partition India Times
  33. ^ Pakistan declares Panj Tirath site as national heritage The Hindu Business Line
  34. ^ Hindu temple sealed, two held for illegal repair work Dawn (newspaper)
  35. ^ Rohtas Fort Hindu Temple in Pakistan MSN.
  36. ^ Mari Indus Hindu temple in Pakistan MSN.
  37. ^ Ali Usman Baig Blogger
  38. ^ Krishna Temple — the only worship place for twin cities’ Hindus Dawn (newspaper)
  39. ^ Pakistan’s long forgotten Hindu temples and Gurdwaras By Shiraz Hassan The Express Tribune
  40. ^ The temples of Rawalpindi: Old wisdom in a new world Dawn (newspaper)
  41. ^ a b Pakistan’s long forgotten Hindu temples and Gurdwaras The Express Tribune
  42. ^ Kahuta Hindu Temple in Pakistan
  43. ^ Kalyan Das temple: An abandoned shelter for the blind The Express Tribune
  44. ^ Mandir main mehrab – a temple inside a mosque in Rawalpindi Dawn (newspaper)
  45. ^ Hindu Temples Of Lal Kurti Bazaar, Rawalpindi Pakistan Dunya News
  46. ^ KRISHNA MANDIR TEMPLE RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN Have Fun
  47. ^ Pakistan’s long-forgotten Hindu temples and Gurdwaras The Express Tribune
  48. ^ The falling temples of Bhera. The Express Tribune
  49. ^ a b 106 - A Tour of Bhera City 1: Four Hindu Temples & A Gurdwara in Bhera. Pakistan Geotagging
  50. ^ Dahram Mandir Google Maps
  51. ^ Temple Google Maps
  52. ^ Hindu Temple in Sheesh Mahal Google Maps
  53. ^ How Pakhtun Sikhs fleeing the Taliban made Nankana Sahib a cultural hub Dawn (newspaper), 9 Jan 2018.
  54. ^ Hindu Temple at Qila Kalar Wala By Ucha Jajjah. Imglore
  55. ^ Yagna at Mata Katyayani Temple in village Kakran, District Kulgam, Kashmir. IBTL
  56. ^ Pooran Bhagat. Dawn (newspaper)
  57. ^ Raghunath Temple. Google Maps
  58. ^ Sialkot Hindu temples in Pakistan MSN.
  59. ^ Once populated with temples, only traces of Hinduism remain in Laki, Dawn (newspaper), 17 April 2017.
  60. ^ Naval Mandir, Rediff.com.
  61. ^ Temple turns into slaughterhouse, The News International, 10 October 2006.
  62. ^ Historic Shiv Mandir makes way for a Pir , The News International, 10 October 2006.
  63. ^ Shiv temple turns into slaughterhouse in Pakistan.
  64. ^ 1500 Year Old Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir in Karachi, Pakistan
  65. ^ Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple In Karachi Is A Must Visit On A Devotees List. And It Has A Special Connection With No. 11, Dainik Bhaskar.
  66. ^ Recycling history: And all of Hanuman’s men put this temple together again , The Express Tribune, 20 Feb 2012.
  67. ^ Five most ancient Hindu temples of Pakistan
  68. ^ Kalka Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  69. ^ Kalika Cave Temple, Rediff.com.
  70. ^ Sadhu Bela Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  71. ^ Amarkot Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  72. ^ Thar Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  73. ^ Gishkori, Zahid (25 March 2014). "95% of worship places put to commercial use: Survey". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  74. ^ The Hindus of Pakistan, Friday Times, Oct 2014.
  75. ^ "Absence of Lord Ram, Hanuman statues in Katas Raj temple irks Pakistan Supreme Court". Indian Express. 2017-12-12.
  76. ^ "Hindu temple reopens after 60 ears". Rediff. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  77. ^ "1,000-Year-Old Hindu Temple in Pakistan's Sialkot Reopens After 72 Years". Ndtv News. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2020.