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Devotees celebrate Shankaracharya Jayanti in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Shankaracharya Jayanti was celebrated today for the first time at Sun Temple Martand at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. Many have also made calls for Sharda Peeth temple – a famous holy place for Kashmiri pandits which is located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir – be made accessible to the faithful.

“We ask the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to open access to Sharda Peeth to PoK…so that we may undertake darshan and puja there”, a seer seated amidst the ruins that make up the Temple of the Sun of Martand today. He also requested that repair work be undertaken in the temple premises.

Kashmiri Pandit organizations have been calling for the opening of the Sharda Peeth corridor for many years.

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Despite the precarious security situation in parts of the valley, nearly 200 saints from southern India are currently camped in Srinagar. The five-day event commemorates the visit of Saint Adi Shankaracharya – a Vedic scholar and teacher who hailed from Kerala and traveled through India and Kashmir. Shankaracharya popularized the philosophy of Vedanta when Buddhism was the dominant religion in the Indian subcontinent.

A special program was held at the ancient Shankaracharya Temple overlooking Dal Lake. The event is organized by ‘One India Strong India’ with the support of civil administration and different religious and social groups of Hindus in Kashmir.

“The event is staged on a grand platform. It will be a worthy tribute to the great saint. His visit greatly contributed to the philosophical and spiritual revival of Hinduism. It was in Kashmir that he engaged in discussions with academics,” said organizer Vidhu Sharma. told the ANI news agency.

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