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The Guardian: Gurkhas’ Hindu temple in Lashkar Gah is only one of its kind

August 31, 2011

Riazat Butt visits the Hindu temple at the British army base at Lashkar Gah

The Hindu Temple of Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The Hindu Temple of Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

“This is the goddess Durga,” says Lance Corporal Prithvi, gesturing towards the shrine containing a statue of the Hindu deity. “She represents power. At this moment we pray to her because we think she gives us power to defeat evil forces.”

Above the shrine is a hanging featuring the god Hanuman, to its right a poster of the Lord Shiva, to the left another poster of the goddess Durga and, next to her, a poster of Lakshmi.

Continues at: guardian.co.uk – Gurkhas’ Hindu temple in Lashkar Gah is only one of its kind

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 31, 2011 13:33

    Any religions must be respected and any of us pray.
    The prays to defeat evil forces are right prays.
    Claudio alpaca

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