Anger among Hindus due to illegal construction in 3 thousand year old temple in Pak, petition filed in Peshawar High Court
Peshawar: Illegal construction in the premises of about 3000 years old Shiva temple located in Mansehra of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan has created fury among the Hindu community of the region. According to The News International, despite the religious, historical and architectural importance of the temple, the authenticity of the temple is in danger due to unplanned construction at the site by the concerned department.
It was told that toilets are being constructed at such places in the temple, which has threatened the sanctity, historical and architectural originality and authenticity of the temple. The Hindu community moved the Abbottabad Bench of the Peshawar High Court, which admitted the matter for hearing and issued notices to the authorities concerned.
Haroon Sarab Diyal, president of the All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement, said that the Mansehra Shiva Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Pakistan, known as Chitti Gati. The name is given because of the Shiva Linga made of white marble. People from all over Pakistan and abroad come here during Shivratri. The temple has a great religious significance and has the potential to attract religious tourists from across the country and abroad.
According to media reports, the technical team of the board of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will visit the area in a few days and the issue will be resolved in consultation with all the stakeholders. Haroon Sarab Diyal, president of the All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement, said the issue has been drawn to the attention of the authorities concerned to stop the construction at the site to ensure the sanctity and authenticity of this important temple. However, despite being such a serious matter, no official took cognizance.