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JAMMU: Save Sharda Committee (SSC), Kashmir, expressed serious concern over the ongoing struggle for reopening of Sharda Temple.
Briefing media persons here on Thursday, Ravinder Pandita, Founder of the Committee, while appreciating the recent move by India and Pakistan regarding opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, called upon both countries to show similar gesture on reopening of pilgrimage to Sharda Peeth letting the Hindus of J&K State and all Shankracharya followers to pay obeisance to the presiding deity of Kashmiri Hindus and Hindus who lived around the place in Sharda Tehsil, District Neelam of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Pandita said, “We at Save Sharda Committee Kashmir (R) have been struggling and persuading both the governments to revisit the LoC treaty and amend the LoC permit allowing J&K Hindus for annual pilgrimage to Sharda Peeth on lines of Nankana Sahib Yatra.”
Pandita said, “Our organization has been working steadfastly in this field because we believe it is a matter for faith and belief,” adding that it is our religious right to visit the sanctum abode of Mata Sharda and pray.
Pandita added that as the Founder of the Committee he met several politicians, ministers, bureaucrats, religious heads and foreign officials during these years.
“In our incessant efforts to connect with our presiding deity, we opened channels with the civil society of PoK and got pious soil from the sanctum sanatorium,” he added.
“Through people to people contact, the committee could lay flowers on Peeth through civil society across LoC, got photo of Goddess installed in March 2017 and in January this year secured a landmark judgment on preservation of Sharda from Supreme Court of PoK. The flowers and pious soil was sent to committee by Civil Society of PoK many times by post and via LoC, as a goodwill gesture,” he added.
Pandita said he has personally distributed the same to all Shankracharya Mutts in the country.
“All major Shankracharyas have already written to PM and Home Minister, besides many prominent State leaders and religious leaders supporting the demand of reopening. The committee has received a book on historical facts of Sharda from a PoK author that is being translated and re-launched here in near future,” he stated.
The committee has been exploring Sharda civilization and in this connection approached ISRO through Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh to know the extent of the civilization and is getting positive results. It has also written to Chief Secretary and Governor for depicting Sharda on this year’s Republic Day tableau.
The committee hoped that all likeminded organisations like APMCC as well as political parties to be on same page regarding opening of Sharda Peeth in PoK.
Ravinder Pandita called upon both governments to take lead in this pious and humanitarian effort making necessary changes in LoC permit thereby allowing annual pilgrimage to Sharda Peeth – one of the world’s oldest place of learning and knowledge.
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