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Shitalnath Temple built in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar. According to an estimate, 50 thousand temples were closed due to terrorism in the valley. In 2019, the central government announced to reopen them.
The doors of a temple in Srinagar opened after 31 years. Chants were again recited here on Tuesday. The temple was closed since the onset of terrorism and an anti-Hindu atmosphere in the valley. Devotees performed special puja on Basant Panchami at the Shitalnath temple in Habba Kadal area.
Santosh Razdan present in the temple told the news agency that there was a lot of support from the local people, especially the Muslim community, in the reopening of the temple. He told that people used to come here to worship, but this temple was closed due to terrorism. The Hindus living nearby also escaped. People mostly from the Muslim community helped us.
Ravinder Rajdan, who is worshiping at the Shitalnath temple, said that the people of the Muslim community gave us the necessary help for this initiative. They came forward to clean the temple and also brought items of worship. Earlier we used to worship on Basant Panchami every year. Baba Shitalnath Bhairav’s birth anniversary falls on Basant Panchami. That is why we celebrate this day with pomp.
Terrorist incidents decreased
After the abolition of Article-370 on 5 August 2019, the incidents of terrorist violence and stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir have decreased significantly. On 8 February, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy had told the Rajya Sabha that 157 terrorists were piled up in 2019. This number increased to 221 in 2020. There were 594 cases of terrorist violence in 2019, which decreased to 244 in 2020. In 2020 there were 327 incidents of stone pelting. In 2009, such incidents were reported in 2009.
Terrorism spread in the valley after 1987
After a disputed 1987 election in Kashmir, large scale terrorist incidents started. These terrorists got the support of Pakistan. This created an anti-Hindu atmosphere in the valley and the Kashmiri Pandits had to flee. According to an estimate, 50 thousand temples were closed in the valley. In 2019, the central government announced to reopen them.