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Multan’s 250-year-old Jain temple lies in sheer neglect

It isn't included in the government's list of historical buildings

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 12, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Multan’s 250-year-old Jain temple lies in sheer neglect


A 250-year-old Jain temple in Multan is a must see masterpiece of old architecture.

The uniquely built temple was constructed with Greek architecture. Located in the narrow streets of Multan, it has blue and golden enamel glazed on its glass ceiling.

“These are our historical buildings,” says a resident, lamenting that they are in a worn-out state. “We can boost our tourism if we maintain them with proper care,” he said.

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The windows of the towering temple are made of cedar wood. The stone statues carved out on the walls have eroded with the passage of time.

The Jain temple is not included in the Pakistan archaeology department’s list of historical buildings, pointed out an archaeologist.

Despite its dilapidated condition, the old temple still has visitors from across the country mainly because of the culture and civilisation it represents.

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