A 700 Year old Hindu Shrine re-constructed by Muslims and Pandits together

Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, May 8: The 700-year-old Mangleshwar Bhairav Asthapan, situated in old Srinagar was neglected by every successive regime as its reopening and restructuring could only be done with the efforts from both Muslims and Pandits.
Mangleshwar Bhairav Asthapan, the momentous temple at Namchbal Fatehkadal in old city was thrown open last week on Lord Shiva birthday after twenty six long years.

The temple which is located in the middle of Babademb canal according to its trustees was locked after Kashmiri Pandits exodus in 1990.

Maharaj Krishan Pandita, one of the trustees of Mangleahswar Bhairav Temple said that its restructuring was made possible only due to the collective efforts of both Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims while as the government didn’t take any key measures for its reconstruction.

Pandita told a local daily that he is very much happy that they managed to reconstruct the temple which was closed for over twenty six years, it was reopened for devotees on the birth day of lord Shiva, in Kashmiri we call the day as ‘Vyka Gatwach Paencxam’.

He claimed that the government has never contributed in restructuring the temple nor was any effort made by any successive regime for its reopening.

Pandita said that, the temple which was dedicated to Lord Shiva 700 years ago was reconstructed by Samajik Vikas Sansthan, and thanked Muslim brethren who helped them  and encouraged them to reopen it.

He added that the temple also suffered complete damage during September 2014 deluge however the government did not spent a single penny for its reconstruction.

He said that the temple will be open for devotees hereafter and the religious occasions will be celebrated the way Pandits were doing before 1990 and also appealed the present government and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to help them in restructuring the temple so that devotees do not feel any difficulty in future.

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