The local Hindu community has moved the Abbottabad bench of the Peshawar High Court and filed a case against the unplanned constructions at the site of 3,000 years old Shiv Temple at Mansehra. It was reported that toilets are being constructed along the lower (covered part) sacred cult object (i.e. Shiva lingam, which needs to be exposed to enhance its religious significance). This has trampled the temple's sacredness, historical and architectural originality, and authenticity.
(Photo of Shiva Temple in Mansehra)
All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement chairman Haroon Sarab Diyal told this scribe that the community has brought the issue to the notice of the authorities concerned to stop these constructions at the site to ensure the sacredness and authenticity of this important temple. But no department has taken note of the seriousness of the matter.
He said Mansehra Shiv Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Pakistan. The temple is at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old and located on the left of Karakoram Highway in Gandhiyan village in Mansehra district. The village is better known as Chitti Gati, a name that is given due to the presence of the Shiva lingam made of white marble. This important temple is the sole example of a living Shiva lingam temple in the entire Hazara region, The News reported.