Hindu Temples Destroyed in Kashmir to be Reconstructed

July 25, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International/Rediff


On July 25, 2006 Rediff reported, "An amalgam of 16 Kashmiri Pandit Organizations have formed a trust for restoration and reconstruction of over 200 temples and shrines destroyed by Islamic militancy in the valley and demanded financial aid from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir... He... urged Kashmiri Muslims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to help us in the reconstruction of the places of worship. The APMCC has constructed and repaired temples and associated religious places in Rupabhawani, Vaskura (Ganderbal), Kheerbhawani (Devesar), Siva temple and 5,000-year old Deities at Dab Wakura. Two shrines of Prayag (Sangam--Shadipora) and Kheerbhawani Manzgam are under construction. There are as many as 200 temples and other shrines which have been either damaged or destroyed in the militancy and over 100 places which have been forcibly encroached in the valley, he said."