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Over 200 Indian Hindus arrive in Pak to attend religious festivities

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Over 200 Indian Hindus arrived here Wednesday to attend festivities in connection with the 310th birth anniversary of Shiv Avtari Sant Shada at Mathelo in Pakistan's southern province.

chairman greeted the pilgrims at the Wagah Border.

"The had issued visas to 219 Indian Hindus, of them 206 arrived in on Wednesday," ETPB told

He said this time more Indian Hindus have come compared to the last year to take part in the festival to be held in Sukkur in between December 5 and 16.

Hashmi further said all arrangement regarding the and security of the pilgrims have been made. "The yatrees have left by train for Mathlu where the main event will be held on Thursday," Hashmi said.

Talking to the media at the Wagah border, the Indian pilgrims' leader said: "We have brought the message of love. We want cordial relations between the two countries. We are happy to see our temples protected here."

Shadani Darbar Tirth, a 300-year old temple in Sukkur, is a sacred place for Hindus. It is said that the foundation of the temple was laid in 1786 by Sant Shada Ram Sahib, who was born in in 1708.

In November, over 3,800 Indian Sikhs visited to attend festivities in connection with the 549th birth

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:00 IST