The recent visit of a group of Jain monks and devotees to Jain Tirths in Pakistan marks an important milestone in promoting religious tourism and interfaith harmony in the country. Organized by the Jain Chaturvidhi Sangh, the visit, led by Gachchadhipati Acharya Shri Dharmadhurandhar Suri, highlights Pakistan’s rich cultural and historical heritage and its potential to attract visitors from around the world.
During their visit, the group had the opportunity to visit several Jain sites, including the Samadhi Mandir of Param Pujya Acharya Shri Atmaramji Maharaj in Gujranwala and the Charan paduka of Atmaramji Maharaj saheb at the Lahore Museum. The visit was made possible through the dedicated efforts of Shri Ashwani Jain, the Shravak of Khartargacch of Shwetambar sect of Jains, with the support of the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
The Jain community expressed their deep appreciation for the warm hospitality and welcoming nature of the people of Pakistan. They affirmed that Pakistan is a safe place for people of all religions to undertake their pilgrimages, and the visit serves as a testament to the country’s commitment to preserving and promoting religious sites and fostering an environment of peace and tolerance.
This historic visit signifies a momentous occasion for the Jain samaj and serves as a stepping stone towards restoring Jain heritage in Pakistan. It promotes cultural exchange and strengthens the bonds of brotherhood between India and Pakistan. The visit also highlights the vast potential for religious tourism in Pakistan and the country’s unique and diverse religious experience for pilgrims from around the world.
The Jain community expresses their sincere gratitude to all those involved in making this visit a success. It is hoped that such visits and collaborations will continue to flourish, further promoting religious tourism and strengthening interfaith relations in Pakistan.