Originally Shiv Varun Dev Mandir on the Manora Island (Karachi), Known as Prem Sagar now, the name given to the Hindu temple, overlooking the water has been under repair for the past 6 years after it was handed over by the navy to the Hindu Council in 2006 but instead the work doesn’t seem to show and the Mandir seems to be deteriorating even more, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
The yellow-stone and tiles of Shri Varun Dev Mandir on ManoraIsland are crumbling and shaking. The temple’s guardian for the past five years, Kishan, explained that the labourers not only removed dark green tiles from the temple but also tried to ‘fix’ the yellow stones with their hammers. Before the laborers, it was the illegal occupants who broke the different sets of tiles at the temple, the pink floral ones, and the ones in yellow and green hues. In 2006, the Pakistan Hindu Council gained custody from the navy and managed to remove the encroachers. Nevertheless, the hotels around the temple still continue to serve fried fish.
The ongoing construction work, which started six years ago, has taken away the beauty of this heritage. Wooden planks are placed around the temple, while nets block certain areas from visitors. The main gate was sealed shut with concrete stones and branches, and now a dingy lane leads to the temple.
The damage done by the illegal settlers can be seen even from a distance. Shiv’s statues on the gates were broken and the tiles have been removed. A plaque saying that the tiles were presented by the Seth Kimatrai Seth in 1937 was broken as well. Inside a small room, Kishan showed the deity of Shri Varun also called Jhoolay lal.
the last ritual was held in the 1950s, Some unplanned brick works for guard-walls started suddenly and stopped unreasonably shows the utter reluctance of the concerned authority to destroy this heritage Hindu shrine from this world for ever.