Tungabhadra To Teetwal_ Devi Sharada’s Journey To Kashmir Re-emphasises Non secular Unity Of India’s Tradition, And Sacredness Of Its Geography

When Adi Shankaracharya ji had received the shastrarth in Sharadamba Peetha in Kashmir, he had requested Maa Sharadamba to accompany him all the best way again dwelling to Kaladi in Kerala. Sharadamba manifested herself in entrance of Adi Shankara ji and agreed however on one situation — that there could be no trying again.

Adi Shankara ji agreed, and the lengthy, arduous journey from Kashmir to Kaladi started.

Whereas he didn’t look again as soon as, at each step Adi Shankara might take heed to the ear-pleasing sounds of the Devi’s nupur (anklets) accompanying every step along with her. Nevertheless, as he descended upon the banks of Tunga river, out of nowhere the anklet rings disappeared.

It was on this second that Adi Shankara ji forgot the promise and turned again to examine the explanation for the silence.

And at that very spot, Sharadamba manifested herself as a vigraha.

As Mrs Suman Koul was narrating this story to me, one couldn’t assist however discover the dejhoor and ath in her ears. The mangalsutra equal of a married Kashmiri Pandit lady stood out as a uncommon second, given how few children right now select to adorn it publicly on a regular basis.

And but, she was not the one one this night, because the married girls visiting the venue and gaily chatting amongst themselves proudly endorsed their identification symbols.

A small gathering of Kashmiri Pandits was mulling round on the breezy and mildly chilly night of 11 February 2023 on the Kashyap Rishi Bhawan in Sector 34, NOIDA. The posters on the positioning to remind the customer in regards to the significance of Sharada Peeth and the legend of Shankaracharya’s associations with Devi Sharadamba stood on the entrance.

Contained in the bhawan, the place the individuals had simply disbursed from, one might see Ravinder Pandita of the Save Sharda Committee surrounded by different Kashmiri Pandits in animated discussions in Kashmiri; it was nice to see a neighborhood nonetheless holding on with pleasure to its language regardless of all it has undergone.

A mixture of previous, center aged and younger, the neighborhood members had simply concluded bhajan and puja, and had been distributing tea and refreshments amongst themselves.

I politely declined the provide, having had tea an hour again, however the curious of us continued to stare on the two non-Kashmiris who came visiting the brand new panchaloha vigraha of Sharadamba that’s on its method to reclaim a spot of pleasure in Kashmir but once more.

After all, it was apparent how there was a way of positivity and eagerness within the Kashmiri Pandits current to assist the trigger. It has emerged not simply as a non secular effort, however an effort to move on data to the youth, to the opposite Hindus of India, in regards to the traditions and cultures of Kashmir which can be rooted of their distinctive Shaiva and Vaishnava paramparas.

The New Sharada Peetha In Teetwal — Aadesha Of Sringeri Shankaracharya ji

The journey from Sringeri on the banks of Tunga river to Teetwal in Kashmir Valley is maybe not receiving the sort of consideration it deserves.

Although Dr Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State (PMO) visited the vigraha upon its arrival in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, the information cycles round this yatra have been moderately mute on the assorted channels of mainstream and social media.

At finest there was some protection, however that ‘protection’ has principally been the PTI feed being carried out.

Ravinder Pandita is in fact no stranger inside the neighborhood. His efforts on attempting to reopen the yatra throughout the Kishenganga river into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have seen a number of begins and stops.

Nevertheless, a decisive second got here in 2022, when Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahasannidhanam and Jagadguru Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Sannidhanam blessed an effort initiated by Pandita’s Save Sharda Committee .

Teetwal, the place the yatra’s base camp used to lie within the previous days, was chosen because the place for consecrating a brand new temple for Maa Sharada.

Jagadguru Sri Mahasannidhanam had blessed Pandita and the Sringeri Matt introduced its full assist to the noble initiative of the temple development at Teetwal, even commissioning a brand new panchaloha vigraha of Goddess Sharada for the set up.

Whereas this was thought of a departure from the normal kashtha (wood) vigraha that historically adorned the place, the importance of the assist is just not missed on anybody who follows the affairs of the Matham.

The brand new temple in Teetwal stands out for a wide range of causes. It replicates the normal Kashmiri architectural types, and shall be accompanied by a ghat that’s to be constructed on the banks of the Kishenganga which flows close by.

The ghat, with correct steps, is being constructed with the intention of restoring pitra puja. Pandita hopes that this temple will function a prayer to his unique want of having the ability to go to the village of Sharda, within the valley of Mount Harmukh, the place the unique temple right now lies in ruins.

The temple additionally has a gurudwara constructed adjoining to it for the native Sikhs, only a few of whom dwell right now within the space.

The temple plans usually are not simply restricted to puja; additionally it is being designed to function some extent to revive the civilisational legacy of Kashmiri Pandits and its lengthy jnana parampara.

One of many smaller shrines goes to deal with the vigraha of Swami Nand Lal ji , one of many many nice Kashmiri saints who was the final to take a seat on Sharda Sarvajna Peetha.

The parampara of sadhana and tapasya that led to the beginning of so many nice religious figures inside the Pandit neighborhood has been a bedrock for a society that prides itself in its potential to pursue data, temporal and religious, and excelling in it.

It has been this very trait that allowed many to restart their lives after the ghastly exodus of 1990.

A New Temple In Kashmir After Many years

The temple development has seen locals taking part within the work with zeal. However the significance is rather more than that.

The federal government of India has been slowly and steadily attempting to restore and restore previous temples: that is maybe the primary new temple being in-built a long time by the Kashmiri Pandits inside Kashmir.

The importance of Sharada Peetha has all the time been excessive as one of many three teerthas moreover Martand and Amarnath for the Kashmiri Pandit neighborhood, an amazing majority of which right now is compelled to remain out.

The scattered Pandits have been looking for a rallying level, a second that may function a spark to revive a tradition that faces a number of threats arising from the exodus, together with a lack of cultural join.

The temple efforts have the potential to galvanise the neighborhood and keep in mind its civilisational glory

Because the vigraha has travelled to Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur amongst different locations, the neighborhood members got here ahead and celebrated the reinstatement of 1 a part of their custom that many felt was maybe left solely on paper.

Sharada Peetha , they are saying, was not only a temple, however a data centre, a college, for lengthy. Alberuni, the well-known traveller of the tenth century talked about this “Sharada Mandir”, and had narrated as follows:

“After traversing the inside portion of the valley of Kashmir, one reaches the Bolair Mountain, which is mid manner between “Ladakh” and “Gilgit’. Many pilgrims come right here for receiving the blessings of Goddess Sharda”.

Alberuni additional states that this “Sharda Teerath is equally well-known like Som Nath of Gujarat, the Vishnu Temple of Thaneshwar, and the Solar-Temple of Multan.”

Clearly, the civilisational connection has all the time been necessary sufficient, given how even Huien-Tsang in his Kashmir go to within the yr 632 AD famous how at Sharda, there have been exceptionally good students of varied darshans of India.

The significance of Kashmir for Indian civilisation will be summed maybe in a single truth — half of all of the Sanskrit books thus far had been written in Kashmir valley.

To prime all of it, who can overlook that the Peetha was additionally the birthplace of the Sharada script, which additionally impressed many different scripts throughout north India over the centuries.

Many centuries in the past, Devi Sharadamba travelled from Sharada to Sringeri to mild the lamp of information and reinstate the glory of Dharma.

Immediately, after a millennium and a half, Devi Sharadamba is travelling from the banks of the Tungabhadra to Teetwal on the banks of Kishanganga, promising to revive a convention of Dharma, and hopefully reviving a neighborhood’s fortunes sufficient to make sure that sooner or later it can certainly return to its dwelling.

This reversed journey of Sharadamba is the image of 1,000,000 hopes of Indic civilisation, and needs to be celebrated as such.