A member of the Hindu community lights a candle over a murti, an image that expresses a divine spirit. The Valimiki Mandir in Lahore chose to celebrate Holi in a somber manner without using traditional color powder or water. They said they made this decision taking into consideration the current tensions throughout Pakistan and as a show of solidarity with the rest of the nation, which has been suffering greatly from terrorism and sectarian violence as of late.
The small Hindu community in Neela Gumbad gathered at the Valimiki mandir to offer prayers. Pandit Bhaghat Lal Khokar stressed that all Pakistanis, irrespective of caste, creed and religion must band together to rid the nation of the scourge of terrorism.
Pandit Bhagaht Lal Khohkar rings the mandir bell as an invocation to God who will listen to his prãrthnã and be blessed. Like his father Bhagat Labha Khokhar before him, he is a priest at the temple. His family has been living in Tollington Market for six generations.
Pandit Bhagaht Lal Khohkar prays for the future of Pakistan and success in all things for its people. Throughout the evening the Pandit sahib, as well as those in the gathering, sang songs in praise of God.
Pandit Bhaghat Lal Khokar blesses a member of the Hindu community after completed prayer services. Throughout the evening the Pandit sahib sang songs in praise of God and prayed for the success, happiness of those in the gathering, as well as for the entire nation.