Diwali, the festival of light, is almost around the corner. Indians celebrate the worshiping of Goddess Kali every year. But is there any other country which celebrates this festival with great pompous and merry? The answer ‘no’ would probably lurk in your minds. But we say ‘yes’ through our thorough research that Goddess Kali is worshiped in another part of this ‘religious’ world.
Kali Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kalat, Pakistan in Balochistan which is devoted to the Hindu Goddess Kali. Kalat has two percent Hindu population. In addition, there are some Hindu Hindkowan merchants who have settled in Kalat. Kalat’s Kali Devi temple is a Hindu mandir below citadel of the Kalat princely state, dedicated to Goddess Kali; this mandir dates back to pre-Islamic era of South Asia. The goddess is worshipped with great pompous post midnight.
It has been known in earlier times as Kalat-i-Seva (from a legendary Hindu king) and Kalat-i Nicari which connects it with the Brahui Speaking Baloch tribe of Nicari , which is generally accepted as belonging to the oldest branch of the indigenous Brahois. The town of Kalat is said to have been founded by and named Qalat-e Sewa (Sewa’s Fort), after Sewa, a legendary hero of the local Baloch.
In 1947, the Khan of Kalat reportedly acceded to the dominion of India. But his accession papers were returned by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India. Afterwards, Mir Ghaus Baksh Bizenjo, President of the Kalat State National Party, went to Delhi and met Congress President Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Azad argued that Kalat would never be able to survive as a sovereign, independent state and would have to ask for British protection. Such a demand, Azad said, would render the sovereignty of the subcontinent meaningless. This was why Indian help for Kalat was ruled out. In 1948, Qalat became part of Pakistan when the British withdrew.
The Pakistan Department of Archaeology & Museums presently, looking after the administration of this temples. The temple is located in Manora city and is famous among the minorities. This temple is a thousand years old. The temple underwent renovation in the 15th century. As per the Pakistan’s archaeological department, Bhojmal Bhatia had come to the city in the 16th century and had set up this historical temple. Since then Goddess Kali is worshipped everyday.