Indian Hindu pilgrims perform religious rituals in the Pak shrine

New Delhi, January 3: As many as 215 Hindu pilgrims, including 159 Indians, performed religious rituals in the Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj in the village of Teri in Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

The convoy of pilgrims arrived in Pakistan through the Wagah border and then reached Peshawar by air. They were then transported to Teri Samadhi (shrine) in Karak district safely.

The Karak police had taken strong security measures on this occasion. Security was overseen by Karak District Police Officer Shafiullah Jan, while SP Investigation Zahir Shah monitored the security situation in Samadhi.

Three DSPs and a large contingent of police have been deployed to Samadhi.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA and Chief Patron of Hindu Council of Pakistan, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani while appreciating the arrangements said Karak Police had performed their duties with full responsibility.

Pilgrims were mostly overwhelmed with emotions and praised the security and other arrangements made for them.

“We felt like we had entered heaven when we arrived here,” Dawn news quoted Varona Malohtra, a pilgrim from New Delhi, as saying.

She said she had been blessed to visit this Samadhi and felt so much spiritual peace in such a holy place.

The visibly moved pilgrim hoped that in the future, pilgrims from India and Pakistan would visit holy sites located in both countries.

“Thanks to the hospitality extended to us in Pakistan and especially in this province, we felt at home,” she said.

Another pilgrim, Aishwar Das, said around 200 of the pilgrims came from India, with 15 of them from Delhi.

He said they arrived at Samadhi on Saturday and spent the night there. He hopes that such visits between the two countries will continue in the future.

Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj’s samadhi is considered sacred by the Hindu community in different parts of the country as well as abroad, according to Dawn’s report.

Ruth R. Culp