Chavin de Huantar temple, located in the north-central Andes, was once a religious and administrative center for people across the region.
Every morning and evening, guards and volunteers at Nepal’s most revered Hindu temple gather to feed hundreds of monkeys, cows and pigeons.
A total of 250 Hindu pilgrims from the UAE, the US, India, and other countries are visiting the temple at the invitation of the Pakistan Hindu Council, according to a report by Dawn.
Police inspector Rajiv Singh said that last week the gang stole 16 idols from the 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji — an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu — police said.
According to the authorities the foundation and the ground floor consist of 14 layers of stone that have been completed thus gracing the start of the next stage in the construction.
The management has officially welcomed devotees to the 70,000 square foot premises by monumentally lighting a lantern together to celebrate the opening. Over 200 dignitaries, ambassadors and local community leaders attended the celebration.
Taliban officials have not confirmed the explosion, and it was not immediately clear who was behind the blast. Local broadcaster Tolo aired footage showing heavy grey fumes of smoke rising from the area.
In a message posted on its Amaq propaganda site, the Daesh group said on Saturday's attack targeted Hindus and Sikhs and the "apostates" who protected them in "an act of support for the Messenger of Allah".
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the Afghan people and to the families of the victims of these heinous crimes, and its wishes for a speedy recovery to all the injured.