Pakistan will open the famous 'Panj Tirath' in January
The famous 'Panj Tirath', located in Peshawar, Pakistan, has remained closed since the partition of the country. According to the religious belief of the Hindus, this is the place where the Pandavas resided during the exile. According to TOI, Amir Ahmad, chairman of the displaced property trust board of Pakistan, has stated that the work of cleaning, development and renovation of the temple was being done. He has said, 'We will inaugurate the temple in January. The ancient pilgrimage site Panj Tirath was declared a national heritage by Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in January this year. The government there has also announced a fine of 20 lakh rupees and 5 years imprisonment on those who cause any harm to this historical site.
What is the religious significance of 'Panj Tirath'?
The place was completely destroyed in 1747 during the reign of the Afghan Durrani dynasty. Later in 1834, during the Sikh rule, it was repaired by the local Hindus and there again started worship. But, after the partition of India in 1947, it was completely closed. 'Panj Tirath' is also known because of the five ponds present there. Apart from five ponds, there is a temple and a garden with palm trees. Today, these historic sites and all five ponds have come under the boundary of Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Hindus used to bathe in these ponds in the month of Kartik and worshiped under the palm trees for two days. Hindus believe that this is the place where the five Pandavas resided in exile along with Mata Kunti and wife Draupadi during the Mahabharata period. This place is also considered to be the place of Pandu, the father of the Pandavas.
Different beliefs about 'Panj Tirath'
It is also said that before Partition, there were not one but five temples at this place and in which Hindus used to bathe in five ponds before worship. According to the information, the rest of the temples were completely ruined due to lack of care. Archaeologist SM Zafar wrote in his book An Introduction to Peshawar in 1952 that 'Panj Tirath is one of the ancient and interesting places in the vicinity of Peshawar, dating back to the Buddhist period. Archaeologists believe that Panj Tirath is a sign of Buddha's alms bowl. ' English archeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham and French archaeologist Alfred Foucher have expressed similar views. But, in 1874, Munshi Gopal Das, author of Tarikh-e-Peshawar, identified it with Pandu's five sons.
Recently opened five pilgrimage sites for Indians
'Panj Tirath' will be the second Hindu temple to be opened in Pakistan recently. The Shivala Teja Singh Temple for Hindu pilgrims was opened in Sialkot last October itself, which is believed to be around 1,000 years old. This temple was also closed since the partition of the country. Apart from Hindu temples, Pakistan has recently opened a very important Kartarpur corridor for Sikhs. Before that, Gurudwara Choa Sahib was also opened in Jhelum near the fort of Rohtas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In July, Pakistan also opened the second historic Gurudwara Khara Sahib in Gujranwala, which was closed since partition.
Why is Pakistan showing such generosity?
Pakistan's economic situation is in bad shape and it is trying to replenish its coffers through religious tourism. He is already charging a $ 20 service charge on pilgrims entering Pakistan through the Kartarpur corridor and is also charging a fee of Rs 200 from non-Sikhs for admission to the complex.