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Hindu pilgrims from Pakistan visit Puri Jagannath Temple

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Puri: A group of 94 Hindu pilgrims from Sindh province of Pakistan visited the Lord Jagannath Temple and paid obeisance to the divine siblings here.

Besides, they visited Maa Bimala, Maa Laxmi and other temples in the temple premises.

On their 25-day trip, the 94-member group including 24 women from Ghotki district of Sindh province visited several pilgrim places in the country before arriving at Puri. Some of the pilgrims, who were in the age group of two to 90 years, are visiting India for the second time while many visited Jagannath temple for the first time. Special arrangements were made for their stay at the mutt of Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.

Jagadguru Sankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati taught them about Hindu religion and asked them to uphold religious principles of nonviolence, humbleness and good behaviour even if they reside in the neighbouring country.

They said they conduct all Hindu rituals at their houses though they are living in Pakistan, a Muslim country.

“We had visited religious shrines at Haridwar and Varanasi and have now reached the holy town of Puri. We are feeling blessed to have darshan of several temples in the city,” said a devotee.



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