Shawala Teja Singh Temple reopens after seven decades in Sialkot

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SIALKOT (By Abid Mehdi) The Hindu Community in Sialkot region has urged the Pakistan government to ensure the early repairing of the ancient and historical Hindu temple “Shawala Teja Singh Temple” and its preservation in its original shape and design as well.

Shawala Teja Singh Temple

Local Hindu leaders Rattan Lal, Ramaish Kumar, Dr. Munawar Chand, Amarnath Randhawa and Pandit Kashi Ram, after performing their worship and religious rituals at this temple, highly hailed the Pakistan government’s decision to open Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Sialkot for Hindus to worship there, after its 72 years long closure.

They said that early repairing of this temple building and its preservation in its original shape and design was the demand of the day as well.

The Hindu leaders said that the building of this historical temple was badly damaged by the outraged mob of the religious group after attack on it in reaction to the demolition of Babari Mosque in India’s Ayodhya city in December 1992.

Located at Sialkot city’s congested Muhallah Dhaarowal-Circular Road locality here, this Hindu temple had been lying closed/ abandoned for the Hindus to worship there before the creation of Pakistan here. Hindu community had a very pressing demand for this temple’s rehabilitation and re-opening by the Government of Pakistan as well.

The Hindu community in Sialkot region said that re-opening of this temple will give message to World that the minorities were enjoying religious freedom in Pakistan.

Local Hindu leaders Rattan Lal, Ramaish Kumar, Dr. Munawar Chand, Amarnath Randhawa and Pandit Kashi Ram stressed the need of promotion of the religious harmony to establish durable peace.

On July 02, 2019, the Pakistan government had re-opened Shawala Teja Singh Temple in Sialkot for the Hindu community to worship there after its 72 years long closure.

Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Punjab had hosted a prestigious welcoming ceremony at this temple to greet the Hindu community on this re-opening.

In Sialkot, the jubilant Hindus on Tuesday distributed sweets and greeted each other. They thanked the Pakistan government for this re-opening.

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