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Shiv Mandir committee of Nahama, Handwara, revives religious tradition after three decades
9/23/2023 11:01:12 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sept 23: Location, Date - After a hiatus of three decades, the "Shiv Mandir Committee" of Nahama, Handwara, marked a significant revival by performing the Yagni (sacrificial fire ritual) dedicated to their Ishta Devi, Mata Zala Bagwati. This sacred ceremony took place on the premises of the Swami Kral Bab ji Ashram in Bantalab. The Yagni extended over two days and was conducted under the able guidance of the esteemed Ved Acharya, Shri L D Kaul, along with his team of Acharyas.
During the Yagni, discussions centered on the cultural heritage and traditions of the Kashmiri Pandits. There was a collective realization of the need for strong individual and collective efforts to preserve and promote the legacy of Kashmiri cultural heritage and tradition.
The event was graced by the presence of several distinguished individuals, including:
Shri G L Raina (Ajay Bharti), former Member of the Legislative Council (X-MLC)
Dileep Pandit, President of Mata Badrakali Asthapan
Ranjeet Gutkha, President of Shree Sharika Chakrashwari Sanastha, J&K
Shri Surinder Kachru, President of Swami Ram Shiva Ashram Naseeb Nagar
Sanjay Raina
Chand ji Kaw from Handwara Saba
Kuki ji Raina
Shri Mohan Lal Bhat of SadiGanesh Ashram Udeywalla
During the event, Shri Moti Lal Pandita was unanimously chosen as the President, and Shri Rakesh Pandita as the Chairman of the Mandir Committee. Shri Sunil Raina assumed the role of General Secretary, while Shri Satish Pandita was appointed as the Treasurer.
One of the primary objectives of the newly formed committee is to make determined efforts to rebuild the damaged and burnt temple in their native village of Nahama, Handwara, Kashmir. They plan to mobilize both government and private resources for this noble endeavor.
This revival of the Shiv Mandir Committee marks a significant step in preserving and nurturing the rich cultural and religious heritage of the Kashmiri Pandit community.
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