Diwali celebrations at Sharda Temple after 75 years

Kupwara, Nov 12: In a historic moment, Diwali was celebrated at the Sharda temple on the Line of Control (LoC) in Teetwal, Kashmir, marking the revival of a 75-year-old tradition.

This marked the first Diwali celebration at the temple since the partition, during which the temple and gurudwara were tragically burnt down in tribal raids.

Commander Kumara Das of the 104 Vijay Shakti Brigade performed the puja, symbolising a significant step towards restoring the cultural heritage of the region. The presence of Ravinder Pandita, Head, and Founder of the Save Sharda Committee Kashmir, added depth to the occasion, emphasising the committee’s dedicated efforts in resurrecting this historic landmark.

Scores of locals and Sikh community members from Tribhoni village actively participated in the celebrations, contributing to the festive atmosphere. The Satyanarayan Puja was conducted, and sweets were distributed among the attendees, fostering a sense of communal joy.

Those present at the event included Tehsildar Tangdhar Eyad Qadri, Activist Dr Sandeep Mawa, Sharda Committee members Ajaz Khan, Iftikhar, Retd Capt Ilyas, Hamid Mir, Yasir Ahmad Chuck President Sport Association Karnah and Sikhs from Tribhoni. Their collective presence reflected the unity and diverse representation at this significant cultural event.

Earlier in the day, members of the civil society from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) crossed over to Chilhana side, extending warm greetings to Ravinder Pandita and committee members with waving white flags and Diwali felicitation slogans. The gesture highlighted the transcendent power of cultural celebrations in fostering goodwill across borders.

As a symbol of camaraderie, a cake was presented by the civil society of Teetwal, further solidifying the spirit of unity and shared heritage on this momentous occasion. The Diwali celebration at the Sharda temple not only revived a cherished tradition but also became a beacon of hope for cultural understanding and harmony in the region.

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