Hindu Temples of Kabul

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Gold dinar of Kushan king Kanishka II with Lord Shiva (200–220)
5th-century Ganesh by Shahi King Khingala, found at Gardez, now at Dargah Pir Rattan Nath

Kabul was the capital of the great Hindu Shahi kings. Afghanistan was a great center of Vedic culture. There were many Hindu temples in Afghanistan. Some temples in Kabul have survived the recent turmoil.

List of Hindu temples in Kabul[edit]

In Kabul, there are several Hindu temples:

  • Asamai Hindu temple, Old city, Dargaa, Asamai: The Asamai temple is at the foothills of the central hill Koh-i-Asamai of the Afghan capital. The hill is named Asamai after Asha, the goddess of hope said to be present on the hilltop since ancient times. The Akhand Jyoti (continuous fire) there has been burning uninterrupted for many centuries. The temple and the Jyoti have survived numerous conflicts in Kabul and are reminders of Afghanistan under the Hindu Shahi kings. The Asamai temples of New York, London, Faridabad, Frankfurt and Amsterdam are named after the famous Kabul temple.
  • Baba Jothi Sorup Mandir, Darwaza Lahuri
  • Bhairo Mandir, Shor Bazaar
  • Guru Hari Rai Gurudwara, Shor Bazaar
  • Mangalwar Mandir, Shor Bazaar

Hindu temples in Kandhar[edit]

In Kandahar, there were Hindu temples in Shikarpuri Bazaar, Kabuli Bazaar and Jhampeer Sahib (near Sarpooza) and Devi-dwara (near Dand).

Hindu temples in other cities of Afghanistan[edit]

There have also been Hindu temples and Gurudwaras at Chasma Sahib, Sultanpur, Jalalabad, Ghazni, Helmand (Lashkerga).

Hindus of Afghanistan[edit]

The main Hindu residents of Afghanistan have been Mohyals,[1] Khatris and Aroras, some other communities like Bhatias, and Brahmins other than Mohyals have also been present there.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hindu Castes and Sects, by Jogendra Nath Bhattacharya, Published by Editors Indian, Calcutta, 1968- page 470.

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