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Pak Shivala temple opens after a gap of 72 years -Save Sharda Committee hails decision

16 Aug 2019

The Shivala Temple in the Kashmiri Mohalla of Sialkot, Pakistan, has reopened after a lapse of 72 years. It opened after the Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan took a decision to that effect.
According to the current indications, Pakistani Hindus, from various provinces, will be allowed to make pilgrimage to the temple. In the next phase, Kashmiri Hindus, also, will be allowed to visit.
Save Sharda Committee Kashmir has welcomed the decision. In a letter addressed to Mr. Imran Khan, the Committee demanded that Sharda Peeth, across LoC, also, be reopened for J&K Hindus immediately. 
Speculation, on the reopening of Sharda peeth, after the re- opening of the Kartarpur corridor, are ripe. Save Sharda Committee is pursuing the matter, particularly in the wake of the recent visit of the Pakistan Hindu Council, led by Dr. Ramesh Vankwani, member of the Pak National Assembly, to the Sharda Peeth. 
Meanwhile, Save Sharda committee has received a reply from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs that it is the Pak Govt. which has not concurred with the proposal of reopening Sharda Peeth. The Committee got the issue raised in Rajya Sabha, also, on 20th December, 2018. 
The Committee came into prominence after getting flowers laid at Sharda Peeth in PoK , the highest peeth of Shankracharya followers, in 2006. Later, in March, 2007, through the civil society of PoK, a photo of Sharda Mai was installed there in the temple. In January, this year, the Committee secured a landmark judgment on the preservation of Sharda Peeth by the Supreme court of AJK and another order on the preservation of sanctity of the peeth. The Director-General, Archeology & Tourism, PoK, had issued the later order.