Home minister inaugurates Sharda Devi temple near LoC in J&K

The Union Minister for Home Affairs and Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah inaugurates Maa Sharda Devi Temple via video conferencing at Kupwara, in Jammu and Kashmir on March 22, 2023.

The union government will make efforts to open a corridor in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for Sharda Peeth pilgrimage on the lines of the Kartarpur corridor in Punjab, the announcement was made by Home Minister Amit Shah after he virtually inaugurated the Sharda Devi temple at Teetwal in Kupwara district on Wednesday.

The temple has been built on the banks of the Kishanganga river along the Line of Control. 

“Sharda Peeth should be opened for pilgrims on the pattern of Kartarpur corridor,” the home minister said. “The government of India will definitely make efforts in this direction.”

India has indefinitely stopped Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus services and cross LoC trade since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.

Should it come through, opening a corridor for pilgrimage in PoK will be the first major step to restore contact between the two countries. 

“The reconstruction of Maa Sharda’s temple in Kupwara is a necessary and important step towards the discovery of Sharda civilization and promotion of Sharda script,” Shah said.