Indian Pilgrims To Visit Pakistan For Annual Pilgrimage

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A batch of Indian pilgrims has departed for the Katas Raj temple, one of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites in Pakistan, to pay obeisance there. Apart from worshipping Lord Shiva at Katas Raj temple, the Indian pilgrims will also visit the Shri Krishna temple in Lahore to offer prayers there. 

With slogans of ‘Har Har Mahadev’, 80 Shiva devotees have entered Pakistan via the Attari border. All Shiva devotees will have darshan of Lord Shiva at the ancient Katas Raj temple in Pakistan; this initiative is being led by Sanatan Dharma Sabha, an Indian organisation. 

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This batch of pilgrims will take part in many religious programmes, including Maha Shivpujan in Katas Raj temple, on December 15-16. On December 17, this group will offer prayers at Lahore’s Sri Krishna temple and also visit historical places in the city.

Devotees are quite enthused about visiting the ancient Shiva temple at Katas Raj. They are demanding that the Pakistan government should make visits to the temple for darshan free. The ancient Katas Raj temple is located in the Chakwal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Several ancient beliefs of the Hindu religion are connected to this temple.

In 2005, during his Pakistan tour, erstwhile Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani had also paid obeisance at the Katas Raj temple; at that time, this ancient temple was in a state of disrepair.

However, during this time, the Pakistan government announced that it will conduct repairs at this historic temple again. After efforts spread over several years, this temple has been restored to its former glory and now, Hindu pilgrims have also begun gathering here in large numbers each year.

Last year, Pakistan had granted visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit the Katas Raj temple.