Riazat Butt visits the Hindu temple at the British army base at Lashkar Gah
The Hindu Temple of Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
“This is the goddess Durga,” says Lance Corporal Prithvi, gesturing towards the shrine containing a statue of the Hindu deity. “She represents power. At this moment we pray to her because we think she gives us power to defeat evil forces.”
Above the shrine is a hanging featuring the god Hanuman, to its right a poster of the Lord Shiva, to the left another poster of the goddess Durga and, next to her, a poster of Lakshmi.
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