‘“Namastey Sharada Devi Kashmir Pur Vasini Tvam Ham Prartheye Nityam Vidya Danam Che De hi mey” meaning Salutations to you,
Sharada, O Goddess, O one who resides in Kashmir. I pray to you daily, please give me the charity of knowledge.
This is the Prayer recited by the people of Kashmir even to day about the Saradha Desh.
This is where,
Adi Shankaracharya ascended the Sarvagna Peetha, Seat of Learning of Throne of Wisdom’
Ramanujacharya visited and contemplated before embarking upon his commentary on Brahma Sutra,
‘The temple is so ancient that Kashmir State was earlier known as ‘Sharada Peeth’. It is at this temple that Sankaracharya received the right to sit on
the Sarvanjnanapeetham orSarvajna peetha(Throne of Wisdom).
The temple is at a height of 11000 feet above the sea level and is about 70 miles from Shrinagar.
The length of the temple is 142 feet and width is 94.6 feet. The outer walls of the temple are 6 ft. wide and 11 ft long.
And there are arches with 8 ft. height. It is a very good example of architecture.
The Śāradā image atShringeri Sharadamba temple was once said to have been made of sandalwood, which is supposed to have been taken by
the Shankaracharya from here.”
*Kashmiri Pandits from India regularly try to visit this temple to offer prayers, but there are instances where they were not permitted to cross the LOC and visit the temple.
Yet some of the best photographs of this place is by Pakistani Muslims.
Location of the Temple.
The temple is located in the remote village of Sharda, in Pakistan’ Neelam Valley, at a distance of 60 miles from Baramulla in Indian-administered Kashmir, and 40 miles from Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir. It lies 16 miles to the northwest of the Line of Control in a militarily sensitive area.
Given its close proximity to the contentious Line of Control, access to the site by foreigners is sometimes restricted during periods of heightened tension with India.
In 2007, a group of Kashmiri Pandits who were permitted to visit Azad Kashmir were denied permission visit the temple.
Citizens of Pakistan, including its Hindu population, do not face any official restriction in visiting the site. Visitors from India are generally refused access to the region, given its close proximity to the Line of Control, though foreigners from other countries do not face similar restrictions – although they may be denied entry during periods of heightened tensions with India.
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