Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated on Wednesday that peace is being restored in Jammu and Kashmir, and the Union Territory is returning to its old civilization and traditions following the repeal of Article 370.
The Home Minister was speaking after video conferencing the Maa Sharda Devi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. On August 5, 2019, the Centre repealed Articles 370 and 35(A) from the former state. On the same day, Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Shah stated that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government is renovating many temples and faith centers in Jammu and Kashmir in order to revitalize the culture.
Sharda Peeth, according to the Minister, has been a historical center of India’s cultural, religious, and educational heritage. “Modi government will move in the direction of opening Sharda Peeth for devotees like Kartarpur Corridor.
Because of the establishment of peace in Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370, the Valley and Jammu are once again returning to their old traditions, civilization, and Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb.”
According to Shah, the Modi government has taken initiatives in all areas of Jammu and Kashmir, including the revival of culture, in line with its commitment to social and economic transformation.
“Under this, systematic restoration and repair work is being carried out at 123 identified locations, including many temples and Sufi sites.” He stated that the first phase of renovations will cost Rs 65 crore. According to the Minister, 31 mega-cultural programs have also been organized by identifying the locations of 75 religious and Sufi saints.
“A total of 20 cultural festivals have also been organized here in each district, which will greatly aid in the revitalization of our old heritage.” The Home Minister began his speech by wishing his countrymen a happy new year.
The inauguration of Maa Sharda’s temple, according to Shah, marks the beginning of a new era, and the architecture and construction of this temple were done in accordance with mythological scriptures under the aegis of Sharda Peeth.
“The idol of Sharda Maa, donated by the Sringeri Math, has been brought here on a journey since January 24 until it was installed here today. The restoration of Maa Sharda’s temple in Kupwara is a necessary and significant step toward the discovery of Sharda civilization and the promotion of Sharda script.”
According to Shah, Sharda Peeth was once considered the epicenter of knowledge in the Indian subcontinent, with scholars from all over the country flocking here in search of scriptures and spiritual knowledge. He claimed that Sharda script is the original script of Kashmir, and that it was named after his mother (Sharda Devi).
One of the Mahashakti Peethas, Maa Sati’s right hand is said to have fallen here, according to legend. Manoj Sinha, the lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, was among the dignitaries who attended the occasion.
“The zeal with which the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha has worked to implement all of Prime Minister Modi’s flagship schemes is praiseworthy,” said Shah of Manoj Sinha, who attended the event with a number of other dignitaries.
He claimed that Manoj Sinha had been instrumental in luring industrial investment to Jammu and Kashmir under Prime Minister Modi’s direction. This new beginning will help this location regain some of its former grandeur, and it will always be a place of worship for Maa Sharda and the Indian awakening of consciousness that she inspired.