A 1200 year old Hindu temple to be renovated in Lahore, Pakistan
A 1200-year-old Hindu temple will be renovated in Lahore, Pakistan. After a long legal battle, the possession of the temple complex has now been handed over to the Hindu community. In 1992, fundamentalist mobs ransacked the historic temple in Ayodhya after the disputed structure collapsed. Two decades later, the Hindu community gathered at that place and offered prayers.
The famous Anarkali Bazar in Lahore, Pakistan has 1200 years old Valmiki Temple. That temple has great importance in the history of Lahore. The mention of this temple is found in many centuries old documents. The temple complex was occupied by a Christian family for the last 20 years. The family claimed that they had converted to Hinduism for Christianity. That family only allowed Valmiki community to enter the temple. A long legal battle ensued over this. The court gave possession to The Evacuee Trust Property Board, which manages the temples, but the board actually took over the temple.
Now the illegal pressure has been removed and the board has got its possession. When the disputed structure was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992, a mob vandalized the 1,200-year-old Valmiki temple. Some parts were set on fire. After that a legal battle broke out over the possession of the temple premises and the restoration of the temple. In 2010, the court granted the rights to the temple to a minority Hindu community, but a legal battle dragged on as a Christian family took over it. The court rejected the family’s claim and ordered that the temple be handed over to the Hindu community.
After the order of the court, finally the government machinery removed the pressure and handed over the possession of the temple premises to the Hindu community. A spokesperson of the Evacuee Trust Property Board said that now that the possession of the temple has been received after the court order, the process of restoration of the temple will be started. Efforts will be made to preserve the grandeur of the 1200 year old historical temple by making a master plan. Apart from Hindus, Sikh, Jain, Christian leaders celebrated and celebrated this legislative success of the minority community. For the first time after three decades, the Hindu community gathered in the temple and offered prayers.