200 year old Lakshmi Narayan Temple of Karachi as a source of livelihood for Muslim youth
A 200-year-old temple in Pakistan’s largest metropolis is not only an important place of worship for the minority Hindu community of the country but also a source of income for the young and enterprising Muslims of the area.
Karachi: A 200-year-old temple in Pakistan’s largest metropolis is not only an important place of worship for the country’s minority Hindu community, but also a source of income for the region’s young and enterprising Muslims. People of the Hindu community visit the Sri Lakshmi Narayana temple on the “Native Jetty” bridge near the port of Karachi to worship regularly and during religious festivals and this has created a special source of livelihood for the local Muslim boys.
This temple is important for Hindus because according to Ramesh Vankwani of Pakistan Hindu Council, it is considered a sacred place for funerals and other religious rituals along the banks of the river. National Assembly member Vankwani said, “This is the only temple situated along the coastline in Karachi.” The MP from the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said, “This temple is important because we Hindus need river-sea water to worship.” According to our tradition, we flow many things into the sea water. “
A local Muslim youth, Shafiq, said that the visiting Hindu temple flows many things into the sea water under the bridge, including precious things, which means that local boys can earn their livelihood by collecting it from the Arabian Sea. . Shafiq (20) and 17-year-old Ali along with a few other youths periodically leap into the sea to collect items thrown by devotees in the river and collect these items.
According to Shafiq, the boys continue to get gold-silver jewelery, coins and other valuables from the sea water. Asked what they do with these things, Ali said that they sell them. However, he also feels that due to the corona virus global epidemic, this time people are coming to the temple very less and their livelihood has become difficult.