List of Hindu temples in Pakistan

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Door of a Hindu Temple in Peshawar

A survey carried out by All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement Pakistan's revealed that out of 428 Hindu temples in Pakistan 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.[1] Nearly 1000 active and former Hindu temples were attacked in retaliation following the destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India by Hindu extremists there in 1992.[2]

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.[3]

Balochistan[edit]

  • Hinglaj Mata cave temple at Hinglaj, Hingol National Park. The shrine of the Goddess Hinglaj is located in the desert of Balochistan, Pakistan, about 215 kilometers west of the city of Karachi. Notwithstanding its ancient Hindu and Muslim history, the establishment of an annual festival at Hinglaj took place only recently in the mid-1980s. after the Makran Coastal Highway connected the formerly distant shrine with urban Pakistan. Pakistan's minority Hindu community claim Hinglaj as their main religious center. [4]
  • Kalat Kali Temple, Kalat, Baluchistan

Islamabad[edit]

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[edit]

Abbottabad
  • Araya Temple, Nawanshehr area, in ruins
  • Shiva Temple and Dusehra House, partially in ruins
  • Krishna Temple (old), destroyed
Dera Ismail Khan
  • Kali Mandir, illegally being used as a hotel
Haripur
  • Krishna Temple, destroyed
Mardan
  • Laxmi Narain Mandir
Mansehra
  • Shiva Temple (ancient) at Chitti Gatti/Gandhian location
  • Shiva Temple (now a public library)
  • Bareri Mata Durga Temple and Shrine, on Bareri hill, no longer in regular use but sometimes visited by pilgrims and tourists. The edicts of Ashoka are inscribed on three large boulders nearby.[5]
Nowshera
  • Shiv Mandir
Peshawar

Punjab[edit]

The intact but abandoned Bavalakh Nath Temple in Jhang
Chakwal
Gujrat City
Khushab District
Lahore
Mianwali District
Multan
Sargodha District
Sialkot

Sindh[edit]

Dadu District
Ghotki District
Jacobabad
  • Baba Kalyan Dass Mandir
  • Bhagwan Shiv Mandir at Ladies Market
  • Lal Sain Mandir at Bhahan Bazar
  • Nandro Mata Waro Mandir at Chenchri Ghitti
  • Sach Khand Dham
  • Shive shankar Mandir at Peti Bazar
  • Swami Kirshan Gir Darbar (Kundan Gir Marri)
Jamshoro District
Karachi
Kashmore District
Shahdad Kot
Shahdadpur
  • Shri Shyam Dam Mandir, north of Baqar Khan Nizamani and west of Shahdadpur
Sujawal District
  • Shiv Mandir at Takanu in Jati Sujawal
Sukkur
Tando Allahyar
Chelhar, Tharparkar District
  • Shri Devi Mata Mander
  • Shri Murli Mander
  • Shri Ramapi Mander
  • Shiv Mander Chelhar
Mithi, Tharparkar District
  • Lokesh Mander
  • Shantoshi Maa Mander
  • Shri Hanuman Mander
  • Shri Krishna Mandar
  • Shri Murlidhar Mandir
  • Shiv Parvati Mander
  • Shri Pir Pithoro Mander
  • Shri Ramapir Mander
  • Pooj Parbat Gir Goswami Mander
Other places in Tharparkar District
Thatta
  • Baba Srichand Darbar
  • Hanuman Mandir at Cinema road
  • Jhule Lal Mandir Behrani at Goth
  • Jhule Lal Mandir at Main Shahi Bazar
  • Jhule Lal Mandir in a house at Sonara Bazar
  • Mata Singh Bhawani Mandir at Makli
  • Nath Marhi Mandir
  • Seetla Mata Mandir in a house at Sonara Bazar
  • Shiv Mandir at Maheshwari Mohala
Amarkot

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Umerkot

See also[edit]


References[edit]

Further reading
  • Arun Shourie and Sita Ram Goel, 1990, Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them"
  • Anthony Gordon O'Brien, 1996, The Ancient Chronology of Thar: The Bhāṭṭika, Laukika, and Sindh Eras
  • Reema Abbasi, 2014, Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience
Citations
  1. ^ Gishkori, Zahid (25 March 2014). "95% of worship places put to commercial use: Survey". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ The Hindus of Pakistan, Friday Times, Oct 2014.
  3. ^ "Absence of Lord Ram, Hanuman statues in Katas Raj temple irks Pakistan Supreme Court". Indian Express.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Department of Archaeology and Museums (2004-01-30). "UNESCO world heritage Centre - Mansehra Rock Edicts". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  6. ^ Gor Khattree and Gorakhnath Temple, Peshawar, Rediff.com.
  7. ^ Rohtas Fort Hindu Temple in Pakistan, MSN.
  8. ^ Mari Indus Hindu temple in Pakistan, MSN.
  9. ^ How Pakhtun Sikhs fleeing the Taliban made Nankana Sahib a cultural hub, Dawn (newspaper), 9 Jan 2018.
  10. ^ Sialkot Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  11. ^ Once populated with temples, only traces of Hinduism remain in Laki, Dawn (newspaper)}, 17 April 2017.
  12. ^ Naval Mandir, Rediff.com.
  13. ^ Temple turns into slaughterhouse, The News International, 10 October 2006.
  14. ^ Historic Shiv Mandir makes way for a Pir , The News International, 10 October 2006.
  15. ^ Shiv temple turns into slaughterhouse in Pakistan.
  16. ^ 1500 Year Old Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir in Karachi, Pakistan
  17. ^ Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple In Karachi Is A Must Visit On A Devotees List. And It Has A Special Connection With No. 11, Dainik Bhaskar.
  18. ^ Recycling history: And all of Hanuman’s men put this temple together again , The Express Tribune, 20 Feb 2012.
  19. ^ Five most ancient Hindu temples of Pakistan
  20. ^ Kalka Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  21. ^ Kalika Cave Temple, Rediff.com.
  22. ^ Sadhu Bela Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  23. ^ Amarkot Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.
  24. ^ Thar Hindu temples in Pakistan, MSN.