Hinduism is perhaps one of the oldest religions, and is followed by over 9000 million people worldwide. Though majority of Hindus reside in India, there are substantial numbers of Hindus present in various other parts of the world. To offer prays to the deity, the Hindus have constructed immense temples all across the world. A temple is considered as the holiest place of worship by the Hindus. And as such you are sure to witness the marvelous architecture of the Hindu temples in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and various other countries. One such precious heritage of Hindu Temples is in Pakistan. The Pakistani Heritage includes a bunch of great many amazing Hindu temples. In fact Pakistan hosts the site of many of the holiest and most beautiful Hindu Temples that are still preserving the Hindu culture. Here is a list of top 5 must visit Hindu temples in Pakistan.
5. The Ancient Temple at Mari Indus:
The Ancient Temple is situated on the banks of river Indus. The temple is nestled at Mari Indus that is a small historic town in Pakistan. Here you will find the ruins of many ancient Hindu Temples. Visiting this place, you are sure to travel back in time. The temple offers a vantage location with beautiful landscape coupled with the smoothly flowing beautiful river Indus.
4. Jagannath Mandir, Sialkot:
This Jagannath Mandir is just new and was built on the Paris Road area of the city in early 2007. This beautiful temple is a dedication to Lord Jagannath, one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. Sialkot is all steeped in history. It has various Greek Coins, Zoroastrian temples and Buddhist Stupas. You are sure to experience the sheer joy of witnessing the cultural heritage here.
3. Hinglaj Mata Mandir, Baluchistan:
Hinglaj Mata Mandir also called as the Nani Mandir is an important Shakti Peeth of Goddess Sati and is a very sacred site considered for worship. It is established in the Hingol National Park in Lyari Tehsil in the Balunchistan province of Pakistan. It is believed that the temple came into existence when Lord Vishnu slashed Mata Sati’s dead body into 52 pieces in order to calm Lord Shiva down and stop his Tandava. These pieces scattered all over the Indian subcontinent while Goddess Sati’s head fell at Hinglaj or Hingula. The ancient scriptures at Hinglaj Mata Mandir reveal that Lord Rama also spent his time here meditating to atone for his sin of committing ‘Brahmhatya’, meaning killing of Ravna, who was a Brahmin by birth and also one of the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva and Mata Durga.
2. Shri Varun Dev Mandir, Manora:
Shri Varun Dev Mandir is situated on the seashore of the Manora Cantt. The temple dates back to about 160 years and is symbol of marvel of Hindu architecture, but now it stands as an insignificant and dilapidated monument. This temple is dedicated to Varun, the God of the Oceans. Unfortunately, this temple is no longer used to perform any traditional rituals (it is believed that the last ritual that was performed here was in 1950’s), but it is worth visiting this temple to witness some of the excellent craftsmanship and superb architecture.
1. Katas Raj Temple, Chakwal:
The Katas Raj Temple was established in the district of Chakwal, Punjab in Pakistan. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is said to date back even before the Mahabharata days. There are several legendary stories associated with this complex. The complex of Katas Raj Temple houses seven temples, with each temple dedicated to Hindu deities. According to traditional belief, the Pandavas had spent their exile period here and resided in this place for a period of about fourteen years. According to another belief, the holy pool surrounding the complex is composed of Lord Shiva’s tears. It was when Goddess Sati died, Lord Shiva was so much disturbed that he cried and his tears lead to the formation of holy ponds at two distinct places. It is said that formation of one pond took place at Pushkar in India while the second pond was formed at the Katas Raj Temple in Pakistan.