LAHORE – The Punjab government has released Rs20 million to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report said on Sunday.

Krishna temple is the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are two prayers held at the temple every day — one in the morning and one in the evening — which are attended by six or seven people.

Mohammad Asif, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Administrator, said the government has released Rs 20 million to reconstruct the temple at the request of a member of provincial assembly.

The small temple was built by Kanji Mal and Ujagar Mal Ram Rachpal in 1897 to serve people in nearby areas. After Partition, it became the only place of worship for Rawalpindi’s Hindus.