The Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar has been declared as a heritage site by the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
The name of ‘Panj Tirath’ was derived from the five pools of water present there, also contains a temple and a lawn with date palm trees. It is believed that Pandu, a king in the epic of Mahabharata belonged to this area and used to come to these pools in the month of Karteek to bathe and worship for two days under the trees.
The site was damaged amidst the reign of Afghan Durrani dynasty in 1747. Although, local Hindus restored it during the period of Sikh rule in 1834 as reported by Tribune India.
The five heritage pools now come under the ambit of Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Pakistan government has also announced that a fine of up to Rs 2 million and five years’ imprisonment if anyone is found guilty of damaging the historic site.
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