Permission denied to visit Sharda Temple-Why Champions of Indo-Pak freindship silent?

via HK published on October 4, 2007

Srinagar:A Kashmiri Pandits on a pilgrimage to their holy temple o Sharda Peeth, now in POK was denied permission.Kashmiri Pandits, under Pir Panjal organisation requested the permission of both Pakistan and India, But were denied by both.


Sharda temple, in Neelam (Kishanganga) valley just beyond the LoC in Pok, is located in a small village called Shardi near the confluence of Kishanganga and Madhumati rivers. It is one of most revered shrine of Kashmiri Pandits, and they want to go to undertake repair work of the temple which is now in a dilapidated condition.


Sri Shankaracharya acquired the title ‘Jagadguru’ only after he had answered all the questions posed to him by the scholars of this temple. The institution is also said to have exchanged manuscripts with some kings of Gujarat, who were great patrons of Jaina and Hindu learning.  


The temple and the attached institution (Sarvajna Pitha) was renowned for its manuscript collection about a 1000 years ago. So much so that Sri Ramanujacharya travelled all the way from Tamil Nadu to consult the only available manuscript of the Bodhayana Vrtti – the earliest commentary on the Brahmasutras, before he wrote the Sri Bhashya.


The 350,000 Pandits who migrated to avoid the militancy have since been denied the privilege of visiting their ancestral temple. Even though the site is now in ruins, it exudes an awe inspiring glory and Kashmiri Pandits want to worship and express their devotion at the renowned temple complex.


The temple has a special significance in the evolution of the people of Kashmir as an intellectual identity and it was an ancient site of learning in the subcontinent. The indigenous script of Kashmir has been named after the presiding deity i.e the Goddess Sharda.


The 2005 Earth Quake which caused wide spread damage all over the valley couldn’t make any small crack in the Temple. But due to lack of management the Temple is now under ruin.


In the name of Cricket, In the name of Cultural Exchange, In the name of Bollywood, In the name of Business, In the name of ancestral origin many Pakistani’s are allowed to visit Bharath legally apart from thousands of infiltrators coming here in the name of Jihad.


No advocates of Indo-Pak freindship were seen to take up this genuine plea to have a glimpse of their revered Temple 

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