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Holy Places of Hindu Religion in Pakistan

Unlike other religions, it is not mandatory Hindus to undertake pilgrimages.  However, Hindus often embark upon such journeys to major iconic shrines and sites for moral significance and satisfaction.  Pakistan has many places where many Hindu deities made their abode and taught the locals the way of life via Hindu religions.  Some of the important Hindu religious places in Pakistan are mentioned below.

Katas Raj Mandir Complex

Katas Raj Mandir Complex located in District  Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan is the second biggest holy place in Punjab for Hindu devotees after Jawala Mukhi.  The complex is located in the Potohar Plateau region of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The temples are located near the town of Kallar Kahar, and are near the M2 Motorway.  It is a complex of several Hindu temples connected to one another by walkways.   The temple complex surrounds a pond named Katas which is regarded as sacred by Hindus.   The temples’ pond is said in the Puranas to have been created from the teardrops of Shiva, after he wandered the Earth inconsolable after the death of his wife Sati.    The temples play a role in the Hindu epic poem, the Mahābhārata, where the temples are traditionally believed to have been the site where the Pandava brothers spent a significant portion of their exile.    Another tradition states that the Hindu deity Krishna laid the foundation of the temple, and established a hand-made shivling in it.   The temples were visited by India’s former deputy prime minister of India Lal Krishna Advani in 2005.  Katas Raj, a conglomeration of temples preserves at least 1500 years worth of history ranging from Buddhist era to British rule in that particular space.

Hinglaj Mata Temple

Hinglaj is an important Hindu pilgrimage place situated in Les Bela in Balochistan province about 250 km north of Karachi.    Every year thousands of Hindus from Pakistan and India gather to attend a four-day ritual at the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan.   Hindus believe that the head of goddess Sati had fallen in the area of Hinglaj Mata and since then, it has remained a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus.  Pilgrims from all over Pakistan and even India visit the temple, holding traditional red banners and wearing red-gold decorative head-scarves, which are associated with sanctuaries of Hindu goddesses, in this case Hinglaj Mata. The mud volcano Chandragup is considered holy by Hindus and is an important stop for pilgrims on their way to the shrine of Hinglaj Mata.   Devotees throw coconuts into the craters to make wishes and thank the gods for answering their prayers.  What was once a journey of more than 150 kilometres   by foot through the desert from the nearest road, is now made easy by the Makran Coastal Highway connecting Karachi with Gwadar. Consequently, the number of pilgrims visiting the shrine has substantially increased over the years.

Sharada Peeth

Sharada Peeth  is a Hindu temple and ancient centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning, “Sharada”.   The origins of Sharada Peeth are uncertain. Some historians believe that it was built under the Kushan Empire (30 CE-230 CE).    It was one of the foremost temple universities of the Indian subcontinent in Middle Republican and medieval Kashmir, hosting scholars such as Kalhana,  Adi Shankara, Vairotsana, Kumarajiva, and Thonmi Sambhota.   Sharada Peeth is one of the three holiest sites of pilgrimage for Kashmiri Pandits, alongside the Martand Sun Temple and the Amarnath Temple.  Sharada Peeth is approximately 150 kilometres from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir and 130 kilometres from Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. It is about 10 kilometres from the Line of Control, which divides the Pakistani and Indian-controlled areas of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which may explain its reduced prominence as a tourist destination. It is situated 1,981 metres above sea level, along the Neelam River in the village of Sharda, in the valley of Mount Harmukh, believed by Kashmiri Pandits to be the abode of Shiva.  It is rarely visited by Pakistani Hindus, however, Kashmiri pundits have, more than once,  shown their interest in visiting this destination. Last year Pakistan announced to open this place for Pakistani Hindu and subsequently is likely to be opened from Kashmiri Pundits who wish to have similar arrangements done in case of Sikhs in Punjab.

List of important Hindu Temples and other Religious Sites is as following:-

  • Hinglaj Mata – A Shakthi Peeth in Pakistan’s Balochistan province
  • Katasraj temple – Site of a famous temple which has a lake that is said to have been created from the tear drops of Shiva. Also known for being home of the Pandava brothers during part of their exile.
  • Sharada Peeth -An abandoned Shakti Peeth
  • Tilla Jogian – ancient shrine reportedly over 2,000 years old.
  • Shakti Peetha
  • Chandragup
  • Panj Tirath
  • Amb Temples
  • Umarkot Shiv Mandir
  • Churrio Jabal Durga Mata Temple
  • Kalat Kali Temple
  • Goraknath Temple
  • Kalibari Mandir, Peshawar