Jahangeer Ganaie

Centuries old Pampore temple damaged in 2014 floods awaits repair

Centuries old Pampore temple damaged in 2014 floods awaits repair
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Pulwama: At a time when the governor administration in Jammu and Kashmir has imposed fresh restrictions on civilians in Kashmir for the “safety” of Amarnath Yatris during the ongoing annual Yatra, a historical temple in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and a traditional halting point for the Amarnath pilgrims is in shambles for 5 years after it was damaged in 2014 floods.
The 400-year old Satishwar Mandir in Drangbal area of Pampore temple is awaiting a repair by the government even as it has developed cracks on its walls and ceiling after it was inundated in 2014 floods.
Nancy, a local Kashmir Pandit said that the temple has been one of the important halt point for yatris of annual Chadi Mubarak Yatra which is carried out by hundreds of sadhus after culmination of Amarnath Yatra.
Although the Sadhus used to perform puja inside the temple and stay there in the associated Ashram, Nancy said that since the two were damaged in floods, “the Sadhus perform the hawans in the temple yard and leave without taking any halt”.
Pandits living in the area urged authorities to restore the past glory of the temple so that they could worship there as per their customs.
Tehsildar Pampore Ishtiyaq Mohi ud-Din said that they will take up the matter with higher authorities and will help the local pandits in restoring the temple.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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