Hindu temple at British army base in Afghanistan

Nevada (US), August 29: There is a Hindu Temple at the British army base in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan, according to reports.

Said to be only one of its kind, this temple of 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles reportedly contains images of Durga, Siva, Laxmi, Ganesh, and Hanuman, and is the venue of daily prayers and other rituals in the mornings. A pandit visited recently and met the Gurkhas, the reports suggest.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Monday, applauded the British army and Royal Gurkha Rifles for the facility.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that worship, meditation, spiritual practice and the feeling of divine presence would help the Gurkhas combat the stress which their challenging job brought. Ancient Hindu scripture Taittiriya Upanishad stated: “Meditation is Brahman (the supreme being)”, he added.

Lashkar Gah, also known as Bost, in southern Afghanistan on the banks of Helmand River, is the capital of Helmand province. Area is known for Qala-e-Bost, whose decorative arch appears on Afghani currency; Helmand irrigation project; Peace Square; and is home to Bost University and birthplace of singer Ehsan Aman.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. (ANI)