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Foundation Stone Laid for the First Hindu Temple in Pakistan’s Capital

On 23rd June 2020, the foundation stone for the first Hindu Temple in Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad was laid. The temple is the first to be constructed in Islamabad since the Independence of Pakistan.

The temple will be devoted to Lord Krishna. The name of the temple will be Shri Krishna Mandir. The name of the temple was decided by the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat.

The construction of the temple would cost Rs 10 crore (in Pakistani Rupee).  The cost will be borne by the Pakistan Government as per their Religious Affairs Minister.

The 20,000 sq ft plot was is located at the H-9/2 area of Islamabad. This plot was allotted back in January 2017 to the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). CDA allotted the plot for the construction of Hindu temple following the orders from Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Rights. The foundation stone ceremony was attended by Lal Chand Malhi (Pakistan’s Parliamentary Secretary on Human Rights).

After Islam, the second largest religion in Pakistan is Hinduism. As per Pakistan Hindu Council, the total Hindu population of Pakistan is less than 4 percent of the total population of Pakistan (21.22 crore- Population of Pakistan in 2018), which is 8 million (80 lakh) as of 2018.

No Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Temple for the first time in Recorded History

At the centuries-old historic Kamakhya Temple at Guwahati, for the first time in six centuries of record available from 1565, the 5 days Ambubachi Mela will not be organized due by keeping in mind the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Every year the fair draws lakhs of pilgrims, tourists, sadhus, and others from all over the country. As per the Assam State Tourism, a minimum of 5 lakh devotees attend the fair that also includes many foreigners.

The rituals of Ambubachi Mahayog will be performed by the priests of the temple by maintaining the social distancing norms. The Mahayog will be performed at the Devalaya from 07:53:15 am- 22nd June to 8:16:55 pm- 25th June.

Kamakhya Temple will remain closed for the devotees till the 30th of June 2020 as per the decision taken by the Kamakhya Devalaya Management Committee.

Kamakhya Temple

The Hindu temple located at the Nilachal Hill is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. The temple as per history was built by King Narakasura. As per the official records available from 1565, the temple was rebuilt by Koch King Naranarayan.

Kamakhya is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths (each of the 51 Shakti Peeths represents a body part of Lord Shiva’s companion, Sati).