Save Sharda Committee Kashmir hails Pak SC judgement on renovation of Katas Raj temple

NEW DELHI, DEC 3: While thanking Chief Justice of Pakistan for the historical judgement on renovation of Katas Raj temple in Pak Punjab province Save Sharda Committee Kashmir (Regd.) has requested him to take suo-moto cognizance of the condition of the heritage Sharda Temple in PoK which is heritage of Kashmiris. In a press release issued by the Committee, the founder of Committee Ravinder Pandita has said that these temples like Sharda and other shrines and not only of religious but of historical and archaeological importance too. “We have been striving for the re-opening of Sharda pilgrimage on the lines of Nankana Sahib Lahore annual Yatra by Sikhs,” said Pandita. “Though we have LOC permit in place for J&K state subjects, but it is meant for meeting relatives only living across Loc hence we are deprived of visiting Sharda- the basic seat of learning. The last Yatra undertaken was by our Guru Swami Nand Lal Ji, a great saint of Kashmir during partition in 1947. His followers included the then Sarpanch of Sharda village namely Zaman Khan,” said Pandita. Last year, he said, few of our friends living in Muzaffrabad as part of a Society laid flowers on our behalf in the temple there and sent us sacred soil and these flowers. “I have received lot of visiting pilgrim delegations from POK here in New Delhi and these people have shown absolute willingness and have invited us for pilgrimage to Sharda and the restoration of same thereof,” said Pandita. He said their committee is willing to undertake the restoration work or any assistance there.