Shiva Temple Opens In Srinagar After 22 Years

Valley People Follow Composite Culture: Dr Karan Singh

Srinagar – As part of continuous efforts to revive the centuries-old harmony and brotherhood in the Kashmir Valley, a Shiva temple at Rainawari in the city here was thrown open today to public after a gap of 22 years.

The dilapidated temple was recently renovated by the Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust at a cost of Rs 18 lakhs.

Member Parliament and chairman of J&K Dharmath Trust, Dr Karan Singh on the occasion said that in 1846,Mahraja Gulab Singh set up J&K Dharmarth Trust  to look after the functioning of the various new and old temples ,so that the devotees may perform their religious activities to their best satisfaction . He said that J&K Dharmarth Turst looks after one hundred temples in J& K including more than 20 temples of the valley at Pahalgam, Gulmarg, famous Kheer Bhawani, Satoobarbarshah, Sgr etc. He added the temples like Shri Amarnath Ji and Vaishnov Devi are being run by the Trusts established by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir through an Act and maintained that one crore devotees visited Mata Vaishnov Devi while 5 lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave of Amarnathji, Pahalgam.

The MP said that J&K State has a unique identity of thousands years old composite culture and has a number of holiest Shrines including Alamdar-i- Kashmir, Sheikh Noor–ud-Noorani (RA) at Charari Shrief, which  has been reconstructed after it was gutted in a fire incident. He said that it is very unfortunate, that one most holiest shrine Peer Dastigheer Sahib (RA) also get damaged in a fire incident and on which,  all the sections of the people of the State expressed their sorrow and grief. He said that we will not any one  allow to damage Kashmiryat  and added that we have great respect and regards towards these shrines, which are symbols of the peace, harmony and tranquility of the State.

Dr Singh said the people living adjacent to the Temple complex have also expressed their happiness for revival of religions activities in the Temple and with their active co-operation; a peaceful environment has been created in the valley. He also visited Vishwa Bharati College and School, where thousands of children have been educated during last five decades. 

The Minister for Medical Education and Sports, . R.S Chib while congratulating Dr. Karan Singh for making efforts to revive the centuries old composite culture of the State in the valley, said that it is not only a source of inspiration but also  will give a flip to the composite culture of the valley. He said the people of the state all along give a first preference on living together and help each other in good and bad times.

On the occasion, MLC Vijay Bakaya, Yuvraj Vikram Adtiya Singh, number of prohits and a number of Kashmir pundits and ladies were present.

Earlier, Dr. Singh was informed that under first phase, that several temples of the valley have been renovated. He was told that Rs.2.05 lakhs have been spent on the renovation of Gaddhadar Temple, Old Secretariat, Srinagar while the face lifting of Kheer Bhawarni and Jawala Ji Temple, Khrew is in progress.

He was further informed that out of Rs.1.8 crores earmarked for the renovation of the temples by the Jammu and Kashmir Dharmath Trust, Rs.50 lakhs are being incurred on renovation and reconstruction of various temples in Kashmir valley, which are presently in dilapidated conditions.

On the occasion a Maha Yagi was also performed for the peace and prosperity of the State. 

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