Holy Sites in Pakistan are not limited to Mosques alone. The country is filled with places of worship for several other minority religions present in the country. Pakistan was never meant to be a country home to Muslims alone. If you take a look at the Pakistani flag, along with the green (representing Muslims), there is quite a lot of white as well. The white represents other religious minorities that are living in Pakistan. Holy Sites in Pakistan include Cathedrals, Churches, Temples, and Gurdwaras. Most importantly, Pakistan is home to the most important Sikh Pilgrimage Site, Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib. It is the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev. He is the founder of Sikhism.
Many of these Holy Sites in Pakistan are of extreme historic significance. They were present in the country before the independence owing to the fact that many races and religions have lived on the land we now call Pakistan. Read on to find out more about the Holy Sites in Pakistan apart from Mosques.
Holy Sites in Pakistan
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore
Located in the provincial capital of Punjab, this Cathedral was hallowed by Bishop Fabian Eestermans. He was the Bishop of Lahore in 1907. The design follows the architecture of the Roman Byzantine Empire. It is the primary church for the Roman Catholics Archdiocese residing in Lahore.
Katasraj Temple (Mandir), Chakwal, Pakistan
The Katasraj Mandir is situated in Katas village in the Chakwal District of Punjab in Pakistan. The temple is dedicated to Shiva (one of the primary deities of Hinduism). According to Hindu legends, Krishna (Hindu deity) himself laid the foundation of this Temple. The Pakistani government has long considered nomination of this temple for a status World Heritage Site.
The Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karachi
This particular Cathedral was established in 1844. It was built in year 1855. The current Bishop for this Cathedral is Rt. Rev. Sadiq Daniel. The Cathedral which was designed by Capitan John Hill of the Bombay Engineers tailored it after the Roman architecture. Originally the structure had a tower, which served as a lighthouse and a source of income for the Church. Currently, however, owing to poor construction standards of the time, the lighthouse-tower does not exist.
The Gurdwara Dera Sahib,Lahore
Taking a trip to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, catching a glimpse of or hearing someone say Gurdwara is impossible. Sat Gur Arjun Dev Ji was martyred here facing tortures inflicted upon him by Chandu on 30th May of 1606 AD (source). It is a place where International Sangats are held every year on multiple occasions such as Shaheedi Jor Mela, Visakhi, Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (who constructed the Gurdwara building initially), and Birthday of Sat Gu Guru Nanak Dev Ji etc. This Gurdwara is visited by many Sikhs around the globe during the Sikh pilgrimage to Lahore.
Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib
Finally, on our list of top Holy Sites in Pakistan we have the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev. He was the founder of the religion and one of the first ten Gurus who preached the religion. It holds extreme historical significance considering that it is the birthplace of an entire religion. Sikhs perform pilgrimage to Gurdwara Janam Asthan. This Gurdwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century, to mark the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.
There are several Holy Sites in Pakistan carrying with them years of history, heritage and culture. No matter what religion one may belong to, visiting such places is always a treat. Let us know of your experience if you have ever visited any of the Holy Sites in Pakistan mentioned above.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.