Last Hindu priest in Kabul refuses to flee, stays guard at Rattan Nath temple

Since Taliban insurgents have seized power in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans are making desperate attempts to flee the war-torn country. Their desperation was evident at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport on Monday as people clung to the side of moving military planes. However, Pandit Rajesh Kumar, the last Hindu priest of the Rattan Nath temple, refused to leave the country despite being offered help.

The priest reportedly said that he could not leave the temple as his ancestors had served the mandir for hundreds of years.

Pandit Rajesh Kumar, the priest of Rattan Nath Temple in Kabul said, “Some Hindus have urged me to leave Kabul & offered to arrange for my travel and stay. But my ancestors served this Mandir for hundreds of years. I will not abandon it. If Taliban kills me, I consider it my Seva”, a Twitter user @BhardwajSpeaks shared his story on the micro-blogging site.

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