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For the first time since the partition, the sole functioning Kali Bari Mandir in Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province is undergoing renovation. The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) under the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter Faith Harmony in Pakistan has chalked out a nearly Rs 1 crore project for the restoration of the prominent temple.
Deputy Secretary, Shrines, ETPB Faraz Abbas said to TOI that conceding to the demand of local Hindu population, ETPB had begun the repair and renovation work of the historical temple.
Although before the partition Peshawar had several Hindu temples including the Gorakhanat Temple, Dargah Pier Ratn Nath, after the formation of an independent Pakistan all the temples were closed under the influence of Muslim fundamentalists. Only the Hindus of Peshawar who refused to migrate continued to perform religious services at the Kali Bari temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali.
“A new langar hall, jora ghar is being constructed, roof of the temple is being replaced, domes are being repaired and new pinnacles were being installed upon them” described Faraz.
He added that the Chairman, ETPB, Farooq ul Saddiq had donated two kalash (temple pinnacles) for the two domes of Kali Bari temple.
Faraz also revealed that the ETPB had decided to take regular services of the existing Pujari from the local Hindu community and were also considering to take him on ETPB rolls so that the religious services would not be interrupted.