I have been to quite a few Hindu Temples in Pakistan and hear stories of families living there for ages, having to move out overnight during Partition.
Combined that image with the dilapidated condition of long- abandoned Hindu Temples, this does not make a pleasant sight.
But some, with their gold, saffron, and orange colors stand-out significantly.
The traces of the British Raj’s machinations of using one community against the other to sow discord in a society that had its own equilibrium, is very obvious to see.
At least Prime minister Imran Khan is on the right track when he clearly says “I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly… out minorities are equal citizens of this country”
What is the total Hindu population in Pakistan?
The total Hindu Population in Pakistan is about 8 million people, according to Pakistan Hindu Council, with most of them concentrated in rural Sindh, but there is quite a number in Baluchistan as well.
Pakistan’s 1998 census says the Hindu population in Pakistan is 1.85% or 2.5 million – where did the mystery Hindus come from?
Hindus Temples Statistics in Pakistan
Statistics say there were 1288 Hindu temples during partition in 1947 out of which 428 were functional for a while.
From the 428 only 31 are functional as of today – and I have evidence to support this.
Some of the non-functional Hindu Mandir are simple Dharmshala or single- room huts out in Agricultural fields.
The affluent Hindus in Pakistan left for safer grounds in 1947, with their riches and abandoned their temples for the Auqat Trust of Pakistan to take over.
Even the hardline preachers left, like the one at Tilla Jogian Gorakhnath Temple, Jhelum
For example, there was one in the Hindu sacred caves of Islamabad, the Shauldita Caves (Shah Allah Ditta) of Islamabad who left for India in 1960.
With 2 million out of school children Pakistan can’t afford to rebuild places of worship.
Artistry of Hindu Temples in Pakistan
Of the functional Hindu Mandir, a few are very tastefully decorated with deities, murals and fresco paintings of religious figures, and symbols.
I find the ancient myth, folk lore and history of Hindu Temples very fascinating and that is why I write about them in my travels.
So here are is the list of Hindu temples in Pakistan that I have either visited, or know first-hand to exist at the site.
Top 31 Functional Hindu Temples and Mandir in Pakistan
Hindu Temples in and around Rawalpindi Pakistan
Under the shade of a massive Banyan or Bohar Tree, is the Krishna Mandir of Hindus of Rawalpindi.
Till 2018, this was the only functional Hindu Mandir for both Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The Temple was renovated in 2019 and now quite a few worshipers go there regularly.
This local area temple is not elaborately designed and doesn’t have the architecture of a regular Mandir, still, lots of local Hindus worship here.
Valmiki Neela Gumbad Mandir Lahore
One of the larger Hindu Temples, the Valmiki temple is regularly used for worship.
Krishna Mandir, Lahore
This Krishna Mandir is different from the one in Rawalpindi, but both are functional with a preacher or Maharaj deputed there permanently.
Shivala Teja Singh Hindu Temple in Sialkot Pakistan
This Shiv temple was being used till quite recently and has now been renovated by Pakistani government.
Katas Raj Shiva Temple Complex Chakwal
Katas Raj temple complex was built on the ruins of a Buddhist Monastery.
It is here that Vedas religious text (Sanctuaries of Satghara) was thought to have been complied by Pandeva brothers.
Katas Raj complex is a microcosm of the evolution of different faiths in the land that is called Pakistan now – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.
Lord Shiva is said to have shed a tear for his wife Sati, and that formed the perennial blue ablution pond for worshippers.
Sadhu Bela Hindu Temple in Sukkhar, Sindh Pakistan
SSD Dham Mandir, Sirray Ghat Road, Shahi Bazar, Hyderabad, Sindh
Durga Shiv Mandir, Circuit House, Hyderabad Sindh
Sant Baba Bhagat Rana Darbar Hindu Temple Dadu Sindh
Jhoolay Lal Hindu Temple Karachi City
Shri Panch Mukhan Hanuman Temple, Soldier Bazar, Karachi
Swami Narayan Hindu Temple Karachi
Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple Cave, Clifton Karachi
Bhai Sant Thawan Das Temple Mehar, Dadu
Veernath Temple, Nathan Shah Tehsil, Dadu
Shiv Mandir Umar Kot Sindh
Shiv Parvathi Mandir, Mithi Sindh
Anchlasar Temple in Nagarpakar Sindh Pakistan
Kali Bari Bazar Hindu Temple Peshawar
Hindu Temple Zhob, Baluchistan
Sri Hanglaj Mandir Hingol, Baluchistan.
Chandragupta Mud Volcanoes, religious site, Hingol, Baluchistan
Bhagat Chuharmal Hindu Temple, Jinnah Road, Bhagnari, Quetta Baluchistan.
Sharda Peeth Ancient Temple, Neelum Valley Azad Jammu & Kashmir
Imran Khan’s government intends to open up a corridor for Hindu Pilgrims from India, like the one for Sikh pilgrims in Punjab, at Kartarpur.
- Also, see Top Mosques in Pakistan
Top 41 Hindu Temples in Pakistan that are non-functional
All these Hindu Temples are non-functional but preserved for up-gradation when the country has money to spare.
Three Hindu Temples on one Lane in Bhabra Bazar, Rawalpindi
- Ambardaran Temple Bohar Bazar
- Ganesh Temple, Lunda Bazar
- Temple in the residential Area.
Bagh Sardaran Temple Ghazi Colony, Rawalpindi
Hindu Temple on City Saddar Road,
Ganj Mandi Temple Raja Bazar
Madan Pura Temple, Gwalmandi Rawalpindi
Saagri Temple, Saagri Rawalpindi
Rama Hindu Temple Said Pur Village Hindu Temple, Islamabad
Hindu Temple near Pir Mehr Ali Shah Golra Sharif, Islamabad
Raghunath Temple, Gurr Market Sialkot
Mata Katyani Hindu Temple outside Sialkot on the road to Kashmir
Shiv Hindu Mandir Mansehra
- Baradari Temple
- GT Road Temple
One Hindu Temples at Lal Kurti, Rawalpindi Cantonment, in a private property.
Two beautiful temples at Kahuta, Punjab
Temples at Guliana Town, Punjab
Hindu Temples at Soon Sakesar, Khushab Punjab
Two temples at Kotli Azad Kashmir
- Baganga Temple Khuiratta
- Temples at Kotli City
Three Temples in Mirpur Azad Kashmir
- Baba Balaji Mandir Ratta, Dadial
- Raghunath Temple under the Mangla Dam Lake
- Shivala Temple under Mangla Dam Lake
- Hindu Temples at Hazro Town
Vishnu Temple at Bhaganwala, Pind Dadan Khan Punjab
Temples at Bhera Town, Punjab
- Baoliwala Temple Bhera
- Shiv Temple Bhera
Sun Temple of Mulasthana, Multan was destroyed by Mobs in 1992
This temple gets mentioned in Al Biruni’s Kitab ul Hind too, for its grandeur and gold
- Also, see the Top 6 UNESCO Heritage sites in Pakistan
Jain Temple at Ancient Sirkap archeological site, Taxila.
Hindu Temple at Hassanabdal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Hindu Temple at Mankiala Village, Punjab
Hindu Temple at Rohtas Fort, Punjab
Hindu Temple at Khewra Salt Mine
Shri Varuna Dev Temple Manora, Karachi Coast used as a toilet?
The fact is that this temple was not well kept by the cash strapped local Auqaf Trust, but no one deliberately tried to use this sacred site as a toilet.
Gor Gathree Hindu Temple Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Here the legend of Gorakhnath was born
- Temples of Pasroor Pakistan
Sidh Pani Nath Gi Hindu Mandir at Mirri Fort, Quetta, Baluchistan
Kali Mata Temple Kalat, Baluchistan.
I haven’t yet explored the temples of smaller towns and agricultural cities in Punjab
Which ancient Hindu Temple in Pakistan was excavated recently
Recently a 1300 years old Vishnu Temple was discovered at Ghundai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is unusual considering Mihiragula the Hun probably smashed it to bits around 5th century AD.
There are quite a few temples in Sindh, Baluchistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that have not really been documented as an open source – along with their stories – so I intend to do that.
Pakistan, as a society will never do well unless the vulnerable non-Muslims are given democratic powers, protected by law and the administration is itself free of ecclesiastic influences.