Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
A Hindu Temple in Pakistan, (representational Image), Wikimedia

Amritsar, January 6, 2017: For the first time since Indo-Pak partition, Pakistan government has taken an initiative to install Sikhar Kalash (peak urn) on the domes of Hindu temples which are believed to have been demolished decades ago and most recently during anti-Hindu rallies in Pakistan as an aftermath of the destruction of Babri mosque in India.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.


The sewa (voluntary service) of renovation of domes and installation of Shikhar Kalash is being supervised and conducted by Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), enshrined with the job of managing Hindu and Sikh properties in Pakistan post 1947 Indo-Pak partition, after its chairman Farooq ul Saddiq himself made personal financial contribution for the sewa, mentioned TOI report.

“Yes, I began the sewa by making donations from my personal resources for installation of shikhar kalash but don’t ask me how much,” said Farooq in a conversation on Friday.

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today.

The work is being personally directed by Faraz Abbas, deputy secretary of Hindu Affairs, ETPB.

Mentioning that the sewa had started at Katasraj cluster of temples, he also stated that temple domes having cracks were being repaired and after that shikhar kalash were being installed on them.

Farooq informed that ETPB had the brass kalash made from expert artisans of Lahore which were later gold plated before their installation. “We have begun the renovation work which will be extended to all the Hindu temples managed under ETPB,” he said.

It was also mentioned that ETPB had installed several cages and green belt developed for birds and animals in the surrounding area of Katasraj temple cluster.

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates.

According to Farooq, ETPB came in touch with several prominent Hindu leaders of Pakistan so as to carry out the renovation work of religious places in conformity with Hindu religious practices adding that all the renovation expenses and cost of shikhar kalash were produced by ETPB.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang


Popular

Unsplash

Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal.

"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."

Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.

Keep Reading Show less
wikimedia commons

Yakshi statue by Kanayi Kunjiraman at Malampuzha garden, Kerala

Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.

The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.

Keep Reading Show less
Pinterest

Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.


The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.

Keep reading... Show less