Muslims join hands with Hindus in cleaning pond at temple in Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Taking a cue from “Mission Clean Ganga”, Hindus of Pakistan have begun cleaning of the sarovar (sacred pond) and adjoining hilly brooks of Mata Hinglaj temple situated in Hingol National Park in Baluchistan province.
Setting an example of religious tolerance, Muslims are equally rendering voluntary service to clean the brooks considered holy by Hindus. While talking to TOI over phone from Hinglaj National Park on Wednesday, president of Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust (PHSWT) Sanjesh Dhanja said that an advance party of seven persons, including two of their Muslim friends, arrived in the temple on Wednesday and began cleaning of the pond. Besides, he said they would also carry out a survey of the region to make the entire park free from debris and garbage, mostly left behind by tourists.

He said that the temple of Hinglaj Mata, also known as Nani Mandir, was situated in Makran town of Lasbel district of Balochistan and was one of the shaktipeeth that attracts thousands of Hindu devotees besides a sizeable number of tourists who visits the national park. Syed Junaid Ahmed Kazmi, one of the team members, said, “It is not only a place of religious importance to Hindus, it is the duty of every Pakistani to keep their nation clean. National parks are our heritage which we have to preserve for our younger generations.” Another team member Ali Baltistani said it was a national cause. “We have to keep our rivers, canals free from pollution, and I am proud to be part of this team,” he said.

One of the women members of the group Kiran Kumari said they begun cleaning the holy pond ahead of beginning of Navratra festival in October. “We are also advising pilgrims and tourists to not throw any garbage in the pond or in the adjoining books as the same could pose a serious environmental hazard,” said Kiran.

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