NEW DELHI, Dec 15 (Asia Free Press): The Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi, has issued visas to 112 Hindu pilgrims for visiting Katas Raj temples in Chakwal city of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
In a tweet, Pakistan High Commission has said the group would be visiting the renowned temple compound, also known as Qila Katas, from December 17 to 23.
“Today, the High Commission for Pakistan issued 112 visas to Indian Hindu pilgrims for their visit to a prominent Hindu Temple in Punjab, Pakistan. The group would be visiting Shree Katas Raj Temples, also known as Qila Katas in Chakwal district of Punjab from 17-23 December 2021,” the Pakistan High Commission in India said in a tweet.
Katas Raj is considered one of the holiest places for the Hindu community in Pakistan. The temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas – which is regarded as sacred by devotees.
The visit is covered under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, 1974.
Earlier this month, the Pakistan High Commission issued visas to 136 Hindu pilgrims to attend the 313th birth anniversary celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib at Shadani Darbar Hayat Pitafi in Sindh from December 4 to 15.
A 300-year old temple is a sacred place for Hindu devotees from across the globe. The Shadani Darbar was founded in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib, born in Lahore in 1708.
In November, Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh Yatrees to participate in the 552nd Birth Anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak through Kartarpur corridor.
Many Sikh and Hindu and Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to observe various religious festivals every year.