Shri Varun Dev Mandir of Manora Island

Posted on May 21, 2007
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In the past we have shared with you some photos of Manora Island under the title views of Manora. Today we will go on an exclusive tour of Shri Varun Dev mandir located at the Manora beach.

(Photo to the right is the view of the mandir facing Arabian Sea.)

The mandir is unfortunately in a bad condition of disrepair and salty-rusty sea breeze is eating away into the structure fast. When I visited the mandir on Jan 7, 2007, it appeared deserted. There were unfortunate signs of human vandalism also where it looked like people took away with them any item salvagable. The structure still appeared grand and from left over tile work and decorations it showed its glorious past.

Date of Construction:

Mr Hari Motwani, who is General Secretary of Pakistan Hindu Council – 2009 provides a brief history and year of construction of this mandir in his comments below in following words:

(The Mandir was) built in 1917 (record available) and renovated in 1937-40 (tiles fixed). Lokram Dodeja, journalist from Shikarpur, have given reference in his book -1938 that he used to visit Monora Mandir every Sunday, (where) he got Saag & Dhodho as parsad, (and) the well inside the temple had sweet water.

(2) Here is a memorial tablet in Sindhi on one of the mandir gates.

Our avid reader Khair Soomro saheb helped me in translating this tablet. It reads:

“dedication from sons in the sacred memory of Seth Harchand Mal Dayal Das of Bhriya”

or in other words: “An offering from sons in the loving memory of their father Seth Harchand Mal Dayal Das of Bhriya”. (Bhriya is a town near Khairpur Sindh.)

(3) View of the mandir from West side

Note the details of the elaborate stone work done on the roof of this mandir. The tile work near the base is in obvious state of disrepair. I took this photo of January 7, 2007.

(4) This tablet tells us about the sponsors of colorful tile work in two languages.

Top script is Sindhi.

(5) The tile work of mandir floor

(6) Looking at the mandir from east

(7) The outer gate of the mandir

I asked my good friend Sridhar to translate the devnagri script for us and here was his reply:

“The top line has the character ‘Om’. It is just an auspicious syllable that is there in most prayers and is also present in most places of worship. The second line has the name of the temple (and presumably the chief deity worshipped there). It says ‘Shri Varun Dev Mandir’. The name also looks like ‘Shri Arun Dev Mandir’ (the ancient way of writing ‘A’ in Arun could well be imagined in that character, which is not that clear. But I think, on balance that it is Varun Dev and not Arun. According to Hindu mythology Varuna is the God of the oceans. There is no worship of Varuna that I have come across personally in India, though I would not be completely surprised at the existence of this temple in Karachi because of the enormous diversity in the Hinduism practiced in different parts of the subcontinent. Also, people who have livelihoods related to the ocean, for instance, fishermen, might worship Varuna. If this temple is on the beach in Karachi this could well be an explanation – it might have been built by fishermen who worshipped Varuna.”

I have a sincere hope that Government of Pakistan takes care of these places of worship. If nothing else then atleast the structure should be saved from the people who take away tiles and anything salvagable for petty profits. Many people visit the mandir as it is the largest and most prominent attraction at Manora beach. A little bit of official or non-official help will go a long way in preserving our heritage.

(8) View from the outer most gate of the mandir compound

I’ve recently read that in June 2007, The station Commander PNS Himalaya Manora cantt has handed over the control of this temple to Pakistan Hindu Council Karachi, which is now working on the restoration work. PHC’s website introduces the mandir in following words:

Varun God (Radha Krishna – Sita Ram) Temple At Manora Cantt
The temple is situated on seashore of Manora cantt. This temple is about 160 years old (1850s?reference needed about this time line) and designed perfectly as per Hindu Architecture. The temple is carved from a blackish marble. Apart of Varun Devta temple there is small temple of Shiv Shanker & statues of Hanuman & Sri Ganesh Mahraj are still in good condition. Sindhi Hindu Businessmen built this temple & renovated from time to time. After partition the temple was abandoned and illegally occupied by land grabbers, recently Pakistan Hindu Council Karachi took a bold step to renovate the same and how have brought back the sanctity of temple & have been cleaned of all the impurities & garbage inside the temple. The station Commander PNS Himalaya Manora cantt has very kindly handed over the control of this temple to Pakistan Hindu Council Karachi, from June, 2007.

The Council plans to spend about Ten million rupees for uplift and to bring this ancient temple to its original condition. Satsung will be held on every Saturday and Parsad and Bhandara would also be managed every week free of cost. Lot of devotes visit this picnic place and enjoy the waves of sea direcltly hitting the temple. There is beautiful scene early in the morning at sun rise. The atmosphere is marvelous and one feels great pleasure & peace of mind along with glimpses of the temple and Darshan of Lord Shri Ram and Lord Shri Krishna.

(9) Following is the tile work on mandir’s exterior wall

Reference: Pakistan Hindu Council

50 Comments on “Shri Varun Dev Mandir of Manora Island”

  1. lida says:
    May 21st, 2007 12:08 pm

    thanks, I hope Pakistan govt. takes notice and helps restore this.

  2. tina says:
    May 21st, 2007 2:33 pm

    Very beautiful and interesting! Thanks for the tour.

  3. observer says:
    May 21st, 2007 3:10 pm

    Heritage must be preserved.

  4. Mahendra says:
    May 21st, 2007 3:34 pm

    Verry beautiful and something I haven’t seen anywhere in India – a temple to sea God Varun. I hope that Pakistan government and people do take care of their heritage and don’t let it fall to dilapidation. Thanks for the great tour.

  5. khalid says:
    May 21st, 2007 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the informative post,Somebody should inform the City gov’t to take care of these historical buildings.These are history somebody has said that without Past ( History ) there is no future.

  6. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    May 21st, 2007 4:16 pm

    I doubt if Pakistani government or Muslims will do any thing to preserve this structure. We come from a long line of ‘idol smashers’ and not ‘temple preservers’. It is part of our tradition. The best way to preserve this building is that effluent Hindus from West (not from India, that will not fly) join hands with the Hindu community in Karachi and do the job themselves. Muslims do not consider temples as their ‘heritage’ as Mahendra puts it. Those who want to save the building they have to do it themselves. Sorry to say that but these are the realities.

  7. May 21st, 2007 4:31 pm

    Yet another informative post!

    I haven’t seen that kind of mandir architecture anywhere. The tilework seems unique (but by no means have I ever conducted a thorough and exhaustive survey of all mandirs, so it could very well be that there are architectural similarities between this mandir and others across the subcontinent.)

    Does anybody know how many mandirs there are in Pakistan?

    Also, where do most Hindus in Pakistan live? Or are they scattered communities?

    And finally, what practices do Hindus in Pakistan generally engage in? Meaning, which sect, etc (I know it is difficult to neatly delineate and define given the fact that Hinduism is very diverse and highly regional).

  8. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    May 21st, 2007 5:10 pm

    Mr. Italiana: The beautiful tile work is a reflection of the local tradition. One sees similar tile work typically in Mosques. These are locally produced ceramic glazed tiles from Hala, Sindh and may be from Multan and Bahawalpur in Punjab. The art of glazed tiles and ceramics was introduced into various areas of Pakistan by the Persians and the Turkic Central Asians who took it from Chinese. However the structure is typical of the Hindu (or pre-Islamic) architectural design. You are simply thrown off by the use of tiles and marbles, not typical of a Hindu temple in Sindh or Baluchistan..

  9. Sridhar says:
    May 21st, 2007 6:47 pm

    Here’s a picture of the temple from the 1930s.

    http://www.harappa.com/post4/karachi07.html

    The tiles are a later addition (the plaque mentions 1940). Additionally, it seems like it used to be whitewashed in those days. Comparing the recent pictures with that in the link above, it is not obvious that the temple is necessarily in a state of major disrepair. It might be abandoned, but the basic structure looks quite similar. The damage may be mostly to the tiles and other non-structural elements – and can probably be fixed quite easily.

    How old is this temple? The plaque of Harchand Mal Dayal Das in Sindhi seems to suggest that it might not be that old (19th or even 20th century), but the plaque might refer to a refurbishment of an older structure or additions to it. It would be interesting to know something about its history.

    The architectural style is the Nagara style – seen in temples all over North India. Ancient surviving examples of that style includes the complex of temples in Khajuraho, dating from the 10th century. Most medieval temples in north India also followed this architectural style (or sometimes the Orissa style). It is characterized by a narrow tapered tower (called the ‘shikhar’) with a square base, overlaid with cutaway sections of smaller reproductions of itself. The ‘shikhar’ often has a circular structure on the top, called the ‘amalaka’. This particular temple in Manora is quite simple and not large or ostentatious, but typical examples of this style also include several layers of embellishments carved into the ‘shikhar’.

    On a different note, I remember reading sometime ago about a visit by Pres. Musharraf to this beach, when he saw the current state of the temple and ordered its restoration.

  10. Owais Mughal says:
    May 21st, 2007 9:53 pm

    Sridhar
    Thanks for finding the 1930s photo of the mandir as well other valuable information you have shared.
    Owais

  11. Neena says:
    May 21st, 2007 10:29 pm

    Thanks Owais and Sridar for sharing this with us.

  12. Sajid says:
    May 22nd, 2007 4:25 am

    Owais

    Great post….
    When I was studying in DJ college, I remember to see a small temple somewhere in the vicinity of Akbar Road and Urdu bazar. Similarly there is a biG Hindu colony and a temple at Light house (where all those fancy chandelier shops are located). I wonder how many temples are still present in Karachi.

    Desi Italiana…. most of the hindus in Paksitan are Sindhis living in Mirpur Khas / Tharparkar area. There is also a significant Hindu population in the city of Shikarpur (near Sukkur).

    Sajid

  13. May 22nd, 2007 12:35 pm

    Sridhar and Sajid–

    Thanks for the info.

    “The architectural style is the Nagara style – seen in temples all over North India. Ancient surviving examples of that style includes the complex of temples in Khajuraho, dating from the 10th century. Most medieval temples in north India also followed this architectural style (or sometimes the Orissa style).”

    Sridhar–

    Yes, I remember seeing mandirs like this in North India and I remember reading that they largely follow the Orissa style. Most of my exposure to mandirs on the subcontinent is relegated to Gujarat (where my parents are from), so I suppose the tiles made it seem very different from what I remember seeing.

    On another note, most of the mandirs constructed in the diaspora seem to generally follow the architectural styles of South India.

    ***

    One tiny quip: I don’t know if the objective to restore mandirs- or any religious centers for that matter, whether they are Hindu, Muslim, Jain, etc– should be to “attract tourism.” Surely, there are more important reasons as to why religious spaces should be preserved, nurtured and looked after- because they are a part of the heritage, history, and represent that sacred space where followers, the interested, and/or the spiritual can find solace. That they also demonstrate the fact that all these various elements are a part of the people of a given location is equally important.

    Or maybe by “tourism” you meant pilgrimages?

    –Ms. Desi Italiana

  14. Jamal says:
    May 23rd, 2007 3:05 pm

    Fabulous!!!

    I really appreciate that you take out time for such constructive writings. I am always fond of your intellectual abilities to bring things together and make them not only interesting but thoughtful and exiting. Please keep up the good work…….
    Wonderful article…

  15. khairsoomro says:
    May 23rd, 2007 3:15 pm

    This is really a wonderful post. Owais has done a great job and did extensive labour to make the post meaningful and impressive. The beauty of the post is that he let his beautifully taken pictures talk themselves the grandeur and majesty of the ancient temple. To temple:
    I visited that temple just after destruction of Babri Mosque. In the ensuing frenzy many temples in Pakistan were destroyed or vandalized. This temple was also vandalized at that time but it seems that some restoration is done either by community or by the government.
    The temples combines structure of different periods. The dome seems to be of relatively older period probably more than a thousand years old. But tile is relatively of recent period. Tiles of interior structure seem not older than seventy years old. The tiles of exterior seem modern. Both types of tiles are commonly used in homes and other buildings in Sindh.

  16. khairsoomro says:
    May 23rd, 2007 3:32 pm

    Desi Italiana wanted to know:
    Also, where do most Hindus in Pakistan live? Or are they scattered communities?

    And finally, what practices do Hindus in Pakistan generally engage in? Meaning, which sect, etc (I know it is difficult to neatly delineate and define given the fact that Hinduism is very diverse and highly regional).

    Most of Hindus in Pakistan live in Sindh and they are present in almost every area of Sindh. The Tharparkar district has majority population of Hindus. The District Naib Nazim is a Hindu Rajput. They also constitute a sizable business community in all over Sindh specially in Ghotki, Kashmore and Jacobabad Districts. Most of them are involved in business of agriculture commodity.
    The religious practices of Hindus are diverse. A large portion are dalits (so called lower caste) and have their own rituals and practices . The so called upper caste worship River Indus (Darya Panthi) along with first sikh Guru Baba Nanik. Some also worship Shiva and godess Shakti. Indeed a temple of Kali in Qalat (Baluchistan) is one of the most sacred temples of Hinduism. A year back former Indian Foreign Minster Jaswant Singh came to visit this temple.

  17. Kani Seth says:
    May 29th, 2007 10:22 am

    Owais Mughal,

    This is a great posting.

    You and others have mentioned “There is no worship of Varuna that I have come across personally in India….” Sindhi Hindus worship Varun dev, more commonly known as Jhulelal sai.

    You are welcome to visit our website: http://www.jhulelal.com

    Keep up the good work.

  18. Sridhar says:
    May 29th, 2007 2:11 pm

    Kani Seth:

    The quote that you mention was mine. I am sorry about my ignorance about Varun Dev being the same as Jhulelal sai.n. Thanks for sharing the information.

    According to the Purana mythology, Varuna refers to the Lord of the oceans. I have discovered now that Jhulelal is considered an incarnation of Varuna (who is considered the Lord of the River, as well as that of the Ocean in Sindh). Jhulelal is the foremost deity for Sindhi Hindus and is also revered by many non-Hindus as a peer.

    Sindhi Hindus also consider the sufi saint Shahbaz Qalandar of Sehwan, whose shrine is perhaps the foremost Sufi shrine in Sindh, as an incarnation of Jhule Lal.

    Thanks again for the correction and also for setting me off on a journey to understand a bit more about Sindhi culture and history.

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    May 29th, 2007 7:25 pm

    Kani Saheb, thx for visiting this site and leaving us an informative comment. It was informative for me to learn about jhulelal too.

  20. ajay says:
    June 17th, 2007 5:23 am

    nice very nice but i need more information plz can u helpe me

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  22. Vinay says:
    June 28th, 2007 12:35 pm

    Owais has done a neat job of taking meaningful pictures. Cheers, mate! As a Hindu and as a vehement advocate of preserving any historic structure of grace and beauty, its sad to see á temple in such a state of wanton abandon, and state apathy. What is heartening though is to find an increasing number of modern Pakistanis (mostly the Y-generation) who see a reason to preserve what is undeniably the joint heritage of the people who once lived there and the people who do now. Having said that this view of heritage cannot be forced down the throat of someone who chooses to see otherwise (like Pervaiz Munie Alvi). To each his own…
    However, its my personal view that the young Pakistanis I see today (i live in Dubai and have two good Pakistani friends) don’t seem encumbered with the baggage of hatred that old-timers carry in both India and Pakistan. These pakistanis to me represent a new people – secure in their muslim identity, yet proud of all aspects of their rich cultural heritage, including elements of their Hindu past. “Idol smashing” might’ve looked like an obvious thing to do to an Arab conqueror who wanted to “destroy the religion of these infidels”. But a thousand years later, when the Pakistan of today is an entirely Muslim country founded and ruled by Muslims, can Pervez or others who think like him offer any reasonable justification for harboring such violent “traditions”? You may nurse any amount of hatred for Indians (if you must), but what is the point of hating elements of your own Hindu heritage? WOuld you not like to preserve it just as you preserve the other elements (Mughal, Turkish, Arab) of your proud heritage? I cannot help but admire and respect guys like Owais Mughal here.

  23. aks says:
    July 11th, 2007 6:47 pm

    great info, i came across this website by chance. it is great to know that there is an atmosphere of respect amongst you all regardless of backgrounds and religions. you are upholding the traditions and the future of the sub continent.

    mr alvi, maybe you can learn something for the others. clearly not everyone is as negative and obstructive as you are!!

  24. razia says:
    July 17th, 2007 12:19 pm

    hello everyone
    thanx for your valuable info, i wanted to know that what are the other activities(rituals or festivals) associated with this temple because i think it cannot be preserved in isolation, one should cater linked activities too.

  25. Farhan says:
    August 22nd, 2007 7:38 am

    Assalam-o-alaikum.

    First of all, many thanks for sharing beautiful pictures of Shri Varun Dev’s Mandir at Manora Island. I also visited that Mandir in year 2004 and took lots of photographs but I could not get such beautiful pictures.

    It seems that Karachi’s city government has recently did something to preserve that temple because it was of course in miserable condition in year 2004.

    By the way, I am not agreed with Mr. Pervaiz Munir Alvi. It isn’t true that an Islamic government will prefer to demolish such non-muslim buildings. He should not forget that the most beautiful temples were built in the Sub-Continent during the period of Muslim Rulers.

    It is true that Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi destroyed lots of Hindu temples in Somnaat but there was a reason behind that. But rest of other Mughal, Ghauri, Aibak and Khilji Rulers constructed the best temples in Sub-continent.

    Regards,

    Farhan

  26. Owais Mughal says:
    October 20th, 2007 11:49 pm

    A beautiful view of the temple here

  27. vijay says:
    October 26th, 2007 12:48 am

    vijay says:
    Iam also from karachi pakistan.I was also going manora and i see this but the mandir was closed nobody can worship there.
    I hope Pakistan govt. takes notice and reopen mandir for prayers.

  28. RAKESH DIALANI says:
    November 9th, 2007 9:08 pm

    HI I AM RAKESH DIALANI FROM INDIA. I am SINDHI AND MY GRAND PARENTS belonged to Ranipur, Gambat, Rohri area which is in Pakistan

  29. M. Syre says:
    December 28th, 2007 9:18 pm

    In fact, I came across this site accidentally searching Indian Mandirs. At present I am at Guildford, UK, but basically belong to Hyderabad, Sindh. I can feel how exquisitely the effort has been put on the presentation and background work of this temple. This enthusiasm reflects a civilized tendency that is generally absent in us (Sindhis). I appreciate the work of articulation, architectural description, historical discussion and artistic merit in this overall labour. May this be reflected in other areas of our art.

  30. Rai Ijaz Kharal says:
    February 29th, 2008 6:23 am

    This is a wonderful extension in our heritage knowledge. I appreciate this endeavour.

  31. AJIT BHOSLE GWALIOR [M.P.] says:
    March 27th, 2008 6:42 am

    i am very surprised that still beautyfull tamples are standing in pakistan i am personally thankfull of those muslim and hindu friends of pakistan because of them historical memories are safe

  32. AJIT BHOSLE GWALIOR [M.P.] says:
    March 27th, 2008 6:56 am

    i seen this photo of temple i cant believe such a beautiful tamle in pakistan pakistan govt. ust protect these historical places

  33. Owais Mughal says:
    March 31st, 2008 2:03 pm

    March 31, 2008′s Dawn reports that Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) has asked for Government’s help in restoring the Manora temple. The mews item also gives some history of the temple. Details here

  34. mohan says:
    May 27th, 2008 2:09 pm

    I am an indian citizen living in US as permanenet resident. I am an hindu by faith and do believe that all religions teach the same principles of brotherhood and humanity. One of the fundamental principles of hinduism is respecting other religions or faiths. I want to contribute towards maintaining temples in pakistan and wish i could visit them one day but there is lack of information on them. If someone can help me to on how I can contribute towards temples in pakistan please email me at kbhupen@gmail.com

  35. op khatri says:
    June 4th, 2008 1:48 pm

    Great to read all the valuable information provided with the site and feel found something as remembering by our elders that we belongs to khairpur riyasat and our nukh is tundramasti in pakistan.
    we are sindhi well settled & literate family of kota rajasthan in India.

  36. MN Hemrajani says:
    July 24th, 2008 12:39 am

    I found this quite revealing as my parents hail from Sindh, and from the Harchandmal Dialdas family. My only aunt is married into the Dialani family and Jija Mooraj pointed me to this site. Thanks for showing me a piece of my ancestors’ heritage.

  37. Mooraj Dialani says:
    August 1st, 2008 3:18 am

    Very interesting to go through yhis. We belong to Hoosri a village near Hyderabad(Pakistan). My wife Nanki beo\longsto the fan\mily od Seth harchandmal Dialdas. Atablet has ben put on the mandir walls in his memory.
    Keep up the good job anfd inform usof the Mandir odf Lal Sai at Nasarpur.

  38. rakesh dialani says:
    November 12th, 2008 4:21 am

    HI IAM RAKESH DIALANI FORE GRAND FATER BELONGS TO PAKISTAN KHAIPUR IN PAKISTAN ROHRI GAMBAT. MY GREAT GRAND FATHER Seth harchandmal Dialdas. AND HIS SON NAME IS SETH TAKKAN DASS AND HIS SON SETH BHOJ RAJ DIALANI AND HIS SON BHAVAN DASS DIALANI. I RAKESH DIALANI S/O SHR BHAVAN DASS DIALANI. I found this quite revealing as my parents hail from Sindh, and from the Harchandmal Dialdas family. Great to read all the valuable information provided with the site and feel found something as remembering by our elders that we belongs to khairpur riyasat and our nukh is DODEJA in pakistan.
    we are sindhi well settled & literate family of nEW DELHI in India.

  39. March 13th, 2009 4:58 am

    Dear Friends,
    Rest assure heritage on this earth is the heritage of all human beings, for now on this earth is a global village, every one on this earth is interested to know about the heritage of the past. Varun Dev Temple on the beach of Manora Island, Karachi-Pakistan is a heritage of all Pakistanis without cast and creed because it is built before the birth of Pakistan(Partition of subcontinent-1947) built in 1917 (record available) renovated in 1937-40 (tiles fixed). Lokram Dodeja, journalist from Shikarpur, have given reference in his book -1938 that he used to visit Monora Mandir every Sunday, he got Saag & Dhodho as parsad, the well inside the temple had sweet water. Now this Temple have been entursted to Pakistan Hindu Council (with the sweet efforts of Late Sri. Visharam Anandram, Tharwani, an engineer by Profession, a social, noble elite of Ghotki, the first General Secretary of Pakistan Hindu Council, with whose efforts PHC was formed/Registered-in 2005, he was the pioneer of PHC alongwith 2 more pioneer members viz. Hari Motwani and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani) a Social Organisation of Pakistani Hindus by Cantoment Board/Naval Authorities, Manora for renovation, the work is in progress. Pakistan Government is pleased to restore this Temple and have allowed Hindu Community to renovate and use for Prayers. Hope it will take 6/12 months to bring it into origional shape.
    Please know about PHC http://www.pakistanhinducouncil.org

    I m Hari Motwani, General Secretary, Pakistan Hindu Council, Karachi Pakistan.

  40. Owais Mughal says:
    March 13th, 2009 11:25 pm

    Hari Motwani saheb, thank you for stopping by at our website and dropping us few lines. thanks for giving the brief history of the mandir, especially the year of construction b/c I was not able to reseach that year on my own. I will add excerpts of your comment in my post above. I am also glad to read about the restoration work being done on the mandir.

  41. Owais Mughal says:
    March 13th, 2009 11:37 pm

    Photos of this post have been restored today. For a while we had few photo links inactive.

  42. shyamsunder says:
    May 6th, 2009 3:27 am

    I MR.SHYAMSUNDER ROCHIRAM ASWANI, use to live in Pakistan at rochiram assomal building, embankment road, opp.behrumal thakurdas girls school, tank no.7, old town quarte, Karachi before partition with my family. I was happy to learn about the temple but at the same time, i was also disappointed to see the temple in a bad state. I humbly request Pakistani govt. to kindly do the renovation of the temple. thanks.

  43. Owais Mughal says:
    May 31st, 2009 8:31 pm
  44. Arjun says:
    May 31st, 2009 9:43 pm

    The dome is magnificently intricate and obviously original – it is carved stone, in the traditional Indian style as seen at Angkor Wat and in newer temples like Akshardham (http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/15897795.jpg). The tiles however are an eye-sore and an odd add-on.

    It’s unfortunate and ultimately only to Pakistan’s disadvantage that these treasures are being left to decay.

  45. July 1st, 2009 12:55 am

    thanks for telling abt mandir

  46. August 4th, 2009 6:01 am

    I m Hari Motwani, General Secretary, Pakistan Hindu Council, Karachi-Pakistan–once again to update the information that the said VARUN DEV (God) Temple, located on Manora Beach (Island) Karachi–Pakistan a place of yore times is being renovated and it may take a year or more to bring it to origional condition–to what ever the state possibe. I may inform the readers that Sindhi Hindus are the worshipers of VARUN DEV—JHULELAL–UDEROLAL —Ayo Lal Jhuley Lal — Jeko chawando Jhulelal taihanja thenda bera par– are 2 typical slogans we chant very much and love and regard. Zindha Pir —in Sukkur / Rohri is a famous place / temple where we celeberate on every new Moon day (Chand) and a big Mela is organized on Cheti Chand. Like wise Uderoloal is a real place of brith (if I am not mistaken) on the way from Hyderabad to Tando Adam near Bhit Shah & Hala where big temple is builtup since centuries and big mela is organised on Cheti Chand and a monthly congration on every new Moon Day. Varun Dev worship is given / reffered in Vedas too. We Sindhi Hindus are the worshipers of all devi-Devtas in accordance with the Sanatan Hindu Sanskitri and behold fully our traditions and rituals and are proud of it all.

  47. sanjay g dodeja says:
    August 21st, 2009 7:32 am

    hi i am sanjay son of girdharlal dodeja and grand son of lokram dodeja both well know writer father who used to write on the lighter side of life and grandpa who was more of travel and epic writer. myself and my brothers have been regularly printing and reprinting books written by them.
    my search for dodejas let me to this site

  48. farida ahmed says:
    October 27th, 2009 5:59 pm

    i remember manora vaguely.there used to be 3 large moortis at the entrance to the beach.i think one of them was Hanuman ji´s.its really sad that our govt and people are not looking after this beautiful temple . its a great peace of art too as well as a holy place for our hindu brothers and sisters.i wish somebody should preserve it.

  49. March 10th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Today is 10th March, 2011, while going through all the 49 comments arrived so for, I Hari Motwani (a local resident / born Citizen-1940-Tharparkar District of Pakistan- being proud of my birth in this part –Sindh–inheriting Indus Civilization ) Ex-General Secretary of Pakistan Hindu Council, am pleased to add some more information on this site to quench the thrust of our readers that Pakistan is rich in heritage as this is land of Indus Civilization spread over from Arabian Sea Shore (Karachi to Afghanistan) touching the Gujrat, Rajisthan and Eastern Punjab border of India. Many Temples are still working and managed by Local Hindus. Important places of Pilgrimage Viz. Hinglaj Mata Asthan and Kali Mata Temple in Baluchistan; Har Shri Nath Dargah & Kali Bai Temple in Peshawar, Ram Takhat Sahib in Valley of Mingora-Swat; Katas Raj Temple in Chakwal, Krishna Temples in Rawalpindi and Lahore in Punjab. ( Sialkot and Multan Temples name-I don’t remember); Sadhu Bela in Sukkur and Baba Srichand Darbar Sahib of Thatta, Jain Temples in Tharparkar District of Sindh. Even Karachi have some well maintained Temples. Mostly all the Temples are Community maintained. Pakistani Hindus hardly ask Govt for funds for their maintenance. I may add that Manora Mandir is also intended to be repaired and maintained by the community from our own resources, however if somewhere funds do come from the Govt sources, it’s our right as Hindus are businessmen and best Tax payers. Besides at present there may be 10 millions of Hindu minority population in Pakistan, majority of them living in Sindh.

  50. April 7th, 2011 8:24 am

    Thank you for these photos. I am wondering if you could tell if these tiles might be cement tiles made in the manner of the popular tiles of Spain, Italy , Cuba, Central America, etc… I wish I could see the original high-rez images of these tile close-ups in order to see if the tiles are fired ceramic or “Mosaicos hidraulico” …hydraulically pressed hand poured cement tiles. We are always interested to find old examples of cement tiles and ones that have been outdoors especially. If the higher rez images are on Flicker, or any other site, please post or email the links…thanks and best wishes, Lundy Wilder-Alabama

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