By Kamal Gawri – September 2006
History Has been Made!
The Ashamai temple located in central Kabul at the foothill of a Mountain referred to as Koh-i-Asamai (Asamai Mountain). The hill is named Ashamai after Asha, it is believed that the Goddess of hope is present on the hilltop. There is a Diya (Jyot/fire) which has been burning uninterrupted for over 4,000 years at the Ashamai temple located at the foothill of the Asamai Mountain. The Temple and the Diya have survived many conflicts and wars for several decades; this is evidence itself that the Goddess of Hope is present at this auspicious location.
To celebrate and give honour to the Goddess of Hope, Afghan Hindus and Muslim brothers and sisters have gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the newly built temple at the top of the Asamai Mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan. Attached are pictures from the inauguration of the HILL TOP Ashamai Mandir in early 2006. This Mandir belongs to the Afghan Hindus of Afghanistan and is located on one of the highest points in Kabul City. Founder of Bayat Foundation – Mr. Ehsan Bayat donated the construction of the Hill Top Ashamai Mandir. Afghan Hindus share strong feelings and values for their country and are praying for hope that Afghanistan continues to prosper. It is a miracle to see Asamai Mandir at the Hilltop – come experience for yourself.
Every time I visit Asamai Mandir, I feel so much peace and very close to God. I came here approximately a year ago to see my country and to help out the Afghans. The soil of my Motherland is so powerful that I cannot let go!