Lahore, Dec 20 (PTI): About 89 Hindu pilgrims from India turned up to celebrate Maha Shivaratri at the Katas Raj temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Tuesday.
“Around 89 Hindu pilgrims arrived from India through the Wagah border on Tuesday. They were received at the border by senior officers of the Evacuee Trust Property Board Rana Shahid and Fraz Abbas,” Amir Hashmi, spokesperson of the ETPB, which oversees the minority holy places in Pakistan, told PTI.
Hashmi said the Hindu pilgrims would stay in Lahore for a day before leaving for Chakwal, 300 kilometers from Lahore, to attend their religious festivals at Katas Raj. He said that the main event ‘Maha Shivaratri’ will be held on Thursday itself. Security measures have been taken in this regard, he added.
Hindu pilgrim leader Sanjiv Kumar said that they receive love from Pakistan and hope that ETPB will take good care of their holy places.
Shri Katas Raj Temples also known as Qila Katas is a complex of several Hindu temples connected to each other by passageways. The temple complex surrounds a pond called Katas, which is considered sacred by Hindus. The complex is located in the Potohar Plateau region of the Punjab province of Pakistan. PTI MZ PMS PMS PMS
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