Tears of Joy for Kashmiri Pandits: Vital Bhairav Temple reopened after 27 years

Jammu and Kashmir News

Srinagar: Rainawari area of Srinagar on Thursday re-established the Vital Bhairav Temple after being shut off for 27 years. Many Kashmiri Pandits from and outside the state participated in the inaugural puja. The temple supervisors along with the government organisations helped in the restoration of the temple.

Rainawari Temple

Located at the centre of the area, the Bhairav Temple, on Thursday morning was once again filled with people after being empty for almost three decades. On the occasion, the local Kashmiri Muslims too joined the Kashmiri Pandit community and stood with them. Mohammed Yakub, a local, said that Rainawari is the home to most Kashmiri Pandits and after what happened with them and past so many years of hatred and apprehensions between the two communities, he hopes for a better future for the entire population of Kashmir. He quoted that reopening of the Temple may prove to be a good start for the cause.

Rainawari Temple 2

According to Utpal Koul, who lives outside the state, the temple was established in the year 1986 and soon after in 1989, when terrorism elevated in the valley and almost the entire Kashmiri Pandit Community fled, the temple was closed.

And today, 27 years later, after performing the Hawan Puja, the gates of the temple were reopened for the visitors. The Pandits felt reconnected to their roots after visiting the temple and announced that Hawan will be performed every year.

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