Delhi, March 22: Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah on Wednesday inaugurated Maa Sharda Devi Temple at Teetwal in Kupwara, through video conferencing.
Several dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha, were present on the occasion.
Shah said that on the occasion of New Year, the newly constructed temple of Maa Sharda has been opened for the devotees and this is an auspicious sign for the devotees from all over India. He said that the inauguration of Maa Sharda’s temple is the beginning of a new era.
He said that the architecture and construction of this temple has been done according to mythological scriptures under the aegis of Sharda Peeth.
“The reconstruction of Maa Sharda’s temple in Kupwara is a necessary and important step in the direction of discovery of Sharda-civilization and promotion of Sharda-script,” he said.
Shah said that once upon a time Sharda Peeth was considered the centre of knowledge in the Indian subcontinent, scholars from all over the country used to come here in search of scriptures and spiritual knowledge. “ Sharda script is the original script of our Kashmir, which has been named after the name of Maa Sharda,” he said.
The Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation said that Sharda Peeth has been a historical centre of India’s cultural, religious and educational heritage, like Kartarpur Corridor, Government under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will move forward to open Sharda Peeth for devotees.
The ancient temple and university Sharda Peeth lies in Neelam Valley across Line of Control in PoK.
Shah said that due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi peace has been established in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, the Kashmir Valley and Jammu are once again returning to their old traditions, civilization and Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb. Shah said that as per its commitment of social and economic transformation, the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken initiatives in all sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, including the culture rejuvenation. The systematic restoration and repair work is going on at 123 identified places under this, which include many temples and Sufi Places. He said that in the first phase, 35 places were being renovated at a cost of Rs 65 crore. He said that 31 mega cultural programs have also been organized by identifying the 75places of religious and Sufi saints. Shah said that 20 cultural festivals have also been organized in every district which will help in reviving our old heritage.
He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, the LG Manoj Sinha has played a major role in bringing industrial investment in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that today’s beginning will help in bringing back the lost glory of this place and with the blessing of Maa Sharda this place will remain the centre of worship and continue to awaken the consciousness of India for ages.