Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another temple to reopen in Srinagar after 20 years

Srinagar, Jan 28: Encouraged by the active support of members from majority community, yet another temple, closed in early 90s after the eruption of militancy, will reopen tomorrow in the downtown city.
According to president of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) Sanjay Kumar Tickoo, an organization of Pandits who stayed in Kashmir when the entire community migrated to different parts of the country, it has been decided to reopen all temples closed two decades ago.
This, he said, was decided due to full support extended by the Muslims. He said with the active cooperation of the local Muslims, the Puran Raj Bhairav temple at Sazgaripora, Hawal, will reopen tomorrow after a gap of more than 20 years.
Tickoo said renovation and cleaning of the temple has been completed and a special ‘puja’ (prayers) will be organized tomorrow on the occasion in which Pandits from different parts of the Valley will take part.
He said more than a dozen temples, closed after the outbreak of violence in early 90s, were so far reopened in the Valley. “We are planning to reopen other temples also,” he said and expressed thanks to local Muslims for extending full support to the community. However, he expressed concern over the state government’s failure to extend any support to Pandits living in Kashmir.

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