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BALOCHISTAN, Sep. 11, 2022 (TBINN)

As millions across Pakistan marooned and displaced by the catastrophic floods desperately await assistance, a Hindu temple in a tiny village of Balochistan has shone a light in the darkness by providing food and shelter to about 200 to 300 flood-hit people, mostly Muslims.

Perched on high ground, the Baba Madhodas Mandir of Jalal Khan Village in the Kachhi District remained relatively safe from the flood-waters and serves as a sanctuary to the flood-affected people in their bleakest hours.

Due to heavy rains, village was cut off from the rest of the province due to inundation in the Nari, Bolan and Lehri rivers, leaving the residents of remote area to fend for themselves.

Reportedly, local Hindu community opened the doors of the Baba Madhodas Mandir to the flood-hit people and their livestock. According to locals, Baba Madhodas was a pre-partition Hindu saint equally cherished by Muslims and Hindus of the area. He used to travel on a camel, says Iltaf Buzdar, a frequent visitor to the village from Bhag Nari Tehsil.

Buzdar further says that, as per the stories narrated by his parents, saint transcended religious boundaries. He would think of people through the prism of humanity instead of their caste and creed. The worship place frequented by Hindu worshippers from across Balochistan is made of concrete and covers a large area.

Since it is located on high ground, it remained relatively safe from the flood-waters. Most members of the Hindu community in Jalal Khan have migrated to other cities of Kachhi for employment and other opportunities, but, as per reports, couple of families remain on the temple premises to look after it.

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