Sri Karthikeya Swamy Temple is one of the most revered temples in the city. Built by Tamils, this beautifully carved Dravidian-style temple features a gopuram that is a mix of Chola and Pallava architecture. In the 1980s, when Punjab was facing militancy issues, Tamils felt that only Lord Murugan – the evil-fighting warrior God – could protect them from any adversity. They installed a small vel (spear) here on a pedestal and started worshipping it. Soon, their prayers were answered and the entire region was free of militants by 1990.
Thereafter, a full-fledged shrine with beautiful idols of Lord Karthikeya and other deities was built on the site, and a grand consecration ceremony was performed in 1992.
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