The long-standing demand of Kashmiri Hindus to open the historic temple, Sharda Peeth across LoC is likely to get a green signal by the Pakistan Government.
“Pakistan has decided to open the Sharda temple. Work on the project will start from the current year after which Hindus in Pakistan will also be able to visit the site,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the National Assembly (MNA) Ramesh Kumar said
Built around 5,000 years ago, Maa Sharda is considered as the principlal deity by the Kashmiri Pandits. The ancient temple of Sharda and the adjacent ruins of Sharada University lie in Neelam Valley, 160 km from Muzaffarabad, and right across the Line of Control in a small village, Shardi or Sardi, where the river Neelam (Kishanganga) converges with the Madhumati and Sargun streams. The temple is also the site f Shada University built by Emperor Ashoka in 237 BC.
The Sharda Peeth will be the second religious tract after the Kartarpur corridor in Pak-controlled territory that will connect the two countries.
On November last year, the Indian and Pakistani governments had laid the foundation stone for the 4-km Kartarpur corridor in Punjab. The corridor is expected to be completed by 2019 and will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.