The Hush Post | 8:30 pm | One-minute read |
The Imran Khan government in Pakistan has given its approval to establish a corridor for Hindu pilgrims in India who want to visit the ancient Sharda Peeth.
The Sharda Peeth is an ancient Hindu temple and abandoned cultural site in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The corridor has been a long pending demand of the Kashmiri Pandits.
Built around 5,000 years ago, the temple is also the site of Sharda University built by Emperor Ashoka in 237 BC. It lies 22 kms away from Kupwara in Kashmir.
Between the 6th and 12th centuries CE, Sharada Peeth was one of the foremost temple universities of the Indian subcontinent.
It is also one of the three famous holy sites for Kashmiri Pandits, the other two being the Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag and the Amarnath temple.
Kashmiri Pandits consider Maa Sharda as their kuldevi.
Pakistan media reports stated that the Indian government had sent a proposal to Pakistan to open the temple corridor.
“After Kartarpur, a piece of big news is in the offing for Hindus. Some of the Government officials will visit the area and will later submit a report to the prime minister,” reported the Express Tribune.
In November last year, the Indian and Pakistani governments had laid the foundation stone for the 4-km Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Punjab.