800 year old Jain temple in desperate need of restoration

800 year old Jain temple in desperate need of restoration

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An 800 year old Jain temple in the Tharparkar desert in southern Pakistan is in dire need of restoration. Parts are damaged almost beyond repair after it was abandoned because locals don’t follow the Jain religion. As audible as the squeaking of the colony of bats, a lone devotee recites sacred Hindu texts in an abandoned 800-year old Jain temple in the heart of the desert in southern Pakistan. 25-year old Aasan Das, a resident of the adjoining Virahvah village in Nagarparkar, comes to the temple every day. Like other locals he doesn’t follow the Jain religion but likes to pray in the inner sanctum of the temple and read the sacred Hindu text, the Gita.