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Now a corridor to Sharada peeth, Pakistan gives green signal

March 25, 2019
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Government on Monday said it is considering a proposal for construction of a corridor to Sharada peeth, located in Pak-occupied Kashmir, to facilitate Hindus from India to visit the ancient shrine.

The Foreign Ministry has submitted the proposal to Prime Minister Imran Khan's office with a recommendation of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs. Sources said a parliamentary team is expected to visit the temple spot in a day or two.

This would be the second corridor for Indian pilgrims to visit Pakistan after the Kartarpur project which was launched last year for the Sikhs to cross over to worship at the Guru Nanak shrine, Darbar Sahib.

The Kartarpur corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur to Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of the Sikhhs' first guru, Guru Nanak Dev.

Official sources in New Delhi said India had earlier made a proposal to open a tract for Hindus from India to visit the ancient Sharada peeth.

Sharada peeth is an ancient abandoned Hindu temple and centre of higher learning of Vedic works, scriptures and commentaries, located in Pak- occupied Kashmir, 10 km from the Line of Control, in Sharada village in the Neelam river valley.

The temple is dedicated to Hindu goddess of learning, Sharada. It was a flourishing Hindu temple university during the period of 12th to 6th century.

Adi Sankara, the greatest Indian philosopher, is said to have had close connections with the centre. It was here that the saint ascended the Sarva Jnana Peetham or throne of wisdom.

It is also a holy place for Kashmiri Pandits. Sharada peeth is one of the 'shakthi peethas'. Another interpretation is that it is the seat of Shakthi combining the powers of Sharada of learning, Saraswathi of knowledge and Vagdevi of speech.

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