Amidst tension between India and Pakistan on the border, Hindu devotees from the neighbouring country visited the centuries old Jagannath temple in Puri of Odisha.
As many as 126 Pakistan nationals paid obeisance to deities in Jagannath Temple yesterday. Far off the country, the Pakistani pilgrims are on a long trip to visit several Hindu temples in India.
“This is my second visit to India and first to Jagannath Dham. We are overwhelmed at the spiritual atmosphere of Puri and hospitality of the people,” said a devotee of Lord Jagannath from Pakistan.
With their visit to different shrines in India, it is clear that the ongoing political and diplomatic issues between two neighbouring nations do not have any negative impact on religion and common people.
“We are all excited to have darshan of Lord Jagannath and his siblings here in the temple. There is no place for violence in religion and we feel lucky after offering prayer to deities,” said a Pakistani devotee.
Reports said that the PTI government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has also provided security to the Jagannath Temple in Pakistan.
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