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Goraknath Temple at Gor Khatri in Pakistan Opens after 60 years

A historic 160-year-old temple at Gor Khatri in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan was reopened to Hindus after 60 years on court orders. Goraknath Temple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple belonged to a Hindu family but was taken over by authorities in 1960. The temple was opened to worship for Diwali. Continuous worship will not be possible as the provincial archaeology department will continue to control the temple. The Hindu reports Scores of Hindus, including women and children, visited the Goraknath temple at Gor Khatri, which was reopened after Phool Wati, the daughter of the shrine’s cleric, petitioned the Peshawar High Court.  Phool Wati and her son Kaka Ram have claimed that the temple, which has been controlled in past decades by the police, Evacuee Property Trust Board and the provincial archaeology department, belongs to their family.  Kaka Ram said his father, Pandit Kamoram, had refused to move to India at the time of Partition in 1947 and decided to settle in Pakist