Since Pakistan created in 1947, there are around 428 Hindu temples in the Country. Hindus account formerly 2% of Pakistan’s population. After the destruction of Babri Mosque in India during 1992, most of the Hindu temples destroyed in Pakistan. From the 1990s the Hindu temples were converted to commercial places, government offices, restaurants, and retail stores. Government has leased many temples to the business people to conduct their business activities by modifying the temple. Currently, there are around 20 Hindu temples under operation in the Country. Shiv Temple in Kohat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan has converted into a government primary school.
Raam Kunde Complex of Temples at Saidpur, Islamabad capital territory is now a ‘picnic site.’
Apart from this here are most ancient Hindu Temples in Pakistan.
1. Hinglaj Devi Temple
Hinglaj Devi temple is one of the Sakthi Peetas located on the banks of Hinglaj river in Balochistan, Pakistan. Hinglaj Devi temple is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrim centers in Pakistan.
2. Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir
Panchamukhi Hanuman Mandir, located in Soldier Bazaar of Karachi, is the oldest temple. The mandir constructed more than 1500 years before. It is the only temple in the world which has “Natural Statue” of Hanuman which is not human-made.
3. Katas Raj Temples
Katas Raj Temples is a complex of seven temples with remains of Buddhist stupa and a couple of medieval sanctuaries. Katas Raj is also known as Qila Katas. Hindus believe that the pond at Katas Raj formed with the tears of Lord Shiva, after the death of Sati Devi. This temple complex is believed to be from the Mahabaratha era. Katas Raj temple which located in Punjab Province of Pakistan also had a significant role from the Harappa Civilization. There are many ancient archaeological findings around this temple complex.
4. Kalka Devi Cave
Kalka Devi Cave, located in Sindh province of Pakistan identified as a prominent Hindu temple. The temple attracts Hindus, Muslims, and Christians from all over the Country. Devotees mostly come to this temple on the night of first Monday of each month and also during the annual festival in September.
5. Shri Varun Dev Mandir
Shri Varun Dev Mandir dedicated to the Lord of the Seas, Varuna. Located on Manora Island of Karachi. Archeologists believe that this temple was constructed during the fourth century when there was enhanced maritime trade activity in the Indian ocean. The temple reconstructed during 1917-1918.
6. Gorakhnath Temple
Gorakhnath Temple, located in the Peshawar of Pakistan, is known as a Warriors Grave and also the ancient trade corridor. The temple has an arrangement of rooms and chambers that could accommodate 500 people. The temple also has a huge rock well of five feet and two 600 years old peepal trees.
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