Lahore: A group of 87 Hindu pilgrims from India visited the Loh temple here Tuesday and urged the Imran khan government to increase the number of visas that are assigned to Indians so that more people can visit their religious sites located in Pakistan.
The Loh or Lava temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Luv, the son of Lord Ram. It is located at Lahore Fort. According to legend, Lahore is named after him. The temple was restored by the authorities in 2018.
The group of pilgrims arrived here last week to visit their holy sites in Punjab province.
A special ceremony was held for them during their visit to the Loh Temple and Greater Iqbal Park amid tight security.
Speaking on the occasion, the group’s leader, Sanjiv Kumar, urged the Pakistani government to grant more visas to his compatriots so that a good number of pilgrims can visit their holy sites here.
The government should review the visa policy, ”he said, thanking the Evacuee Property Trust Board (ETPB) for taking good care of their holy sites.
The additional secretary of the ETPB (shrines), Rana Shahid, said that the visa application of the pilgrims would be sent to the federal government for action.
Previously, pilgrims visited the Katas Raj Temples, also known as the Qila Katas or Katas Temple Complex in the Chakwal district of Punjab, more than 300 km from Lahore. They will also visit the Krishna Temple here before leaving for their country on December 23.
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