October 31st, 2011
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160 year old temple reopened at Pakistan

peshawar-templePeshawar: Historic 160-year-old temple at Peshawar in northwest Pakistan was reopened based on a courts order for the minority community. The temple had been remained closed for 60 long years. The Goraknath temple at Gor Khatri, was reopened after Phool Wati, the daughter of the shrine’s cleric, send a petition to the Peshawar High Court. Scores of Hindus in Peshawar celebrated Holi at this temple.

Phool Wati and her son Kaka Ram have claimed that the temple, which has been controlled in past decades by the police, Evacuee Property Trust Board and the provincial archaeology department, belongs to their family. Though a two-judge bench of the High Court ruled last month that Phool Wati had failed to provide evidence of her family’s ownership of the temple, it directed authorities to reopen the shrine for religious purposes.

“I am very happy that my mother, though very old, fought a legal battle to reopen this temple for Hindu worshippers,” Kamla Rani, the daughter of Phool Wati told the media. The temple is small and surrounded by nine rooms on two sides. The white temple with three domes in the middle of an enclosure has two small rooms with statues of deities.



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