Union Home Minister said the government would move forward to open a corridor to the Sharda Peeth in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) on the lines of the Kartarpur corridor.
- The Sharda Peeth, a revered site for the Hindu community.
- It is located in the Neelum Valley in PoK in the valley of Mount Harmukh.
- It is a ruined Hindu temple and ancient centre of learning.
- Between the 6th and 12th centuries CE, it was among the most prominent temple universities in the Indian subcontinent.
- It played a key role in the development and popularisation of the Sharada script in North India, causing the script to be named after it, and Kashmir to acquire the moniker “Sharada Desh.
- As one of the Maha Shakti Peethas, Hindus believe that it represents the spiritual location of the goddess Sati’s fallen right hand.
- Sharada Peeth is one of the three holiest sites of pilgrimage for Kashmiri Pandits, alongside the Martand Sun Temple and the Amarnath Temple.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB