This time Diwali is something special for the Hindu community of Sialkot city of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The reason for this is that after 72 years, Diwali was celebrated in the Shawala Teja Singh temple here. This temple was opened to devotees a few months back after being closed for 72 years. According to the report published in Pakistani media, the Hindu community of the city made special arrangements to celebrate Diwali in the temple. A special prayer meeting was organized on this occasion and the temple undergoing reconstruction was decorated on this occasion.
This temple was closed since 1947 at the time of the Partition of India. The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP) decided to open the temple a few months ago. Its renovation work is going on. And, now Diwali was celebrated in the temple for the first time after years.
After 72 years in Pakistan, Diwali celebrated in the open temple, people of Hindu community made special arrangements
Punjab ETBP Deputy Secretary Syed Faraj Abbas said that the work of the renovation of Hindu and Sikh shrines has been started after the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan and ETBP Chairman. The opening of the Shawala Tej Singh temple is evidence that steps are being taken for these religious communities.
He informed that the government has released a large amount of money to celebrate Diwali in Krishna temples of Lahore and Rawalpindi as well as in Sukkur, Karachi and other areas of Peshawar, Sindh.
Kashi Ram, a priest of Krishna temple in Lahore, said that Diwali is the biggest festival of the Hindu community. On this occasion, the community has decorated their houses and temples.
Ijaz Alam Augustine, Minister of Human Rights and Minority Affairs of Punjab province, congratulated the Hindu community of the country on Diwali, saying that no matter whoever follows any religion in the country, all are equal citizens of the country and all have equal rights. He said that the festival of Diwali is a symbol of happiness and prosperity.