Jammu, Dec 4:
The Save Sharda Committee (SSC) on Friday laid the foundation stone of Mata Sharda Devi Temple situated near LoC in Teetwal for its rebuilding.
The ancient temple and its centre located in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara district will be rebuilt with a view to revive centuries old pilgrimage to Shardapeeth Temple in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the committee said.
Sharada Peeth — “the seat of Sharada” — is the Kashmiri name for the goddess Saraswati. Sharada Peeth was one of the foremost ancient universities of the Indian subcontinent.
Sharda Peeth is an abandoned temple located in Sharda village along the Neelum River, which was a major centre of learning. It is regarded as one of the 18 highly revered temples across south Asia.
“After reclaiming the land of ancient Dharmshala that used to exist during 1947-48, a foundation laying ceremony of Sharda Yatra base camp temple and centre (annual Sharda yatra to Sharda peeth PoK up to 1948 called Charri Mubarak), at LoC Teetwal was held today”, SSC head Ravinder Pandita told reporters.
The programme was arranged by SSC and locals at Teetwal close to the Line of Control (LoC) at erstwhile yatra route. Around 200 locals from across faiths took part in this event, he said.
Sacred water’ was immersed in the Kishenganga River on LoC white line bridge that is manned together by Indian and Pakistan Army, Pandita said.