Addressing historical injustices: The demand to restore Martand Temple & others in the valley

J&K: Recently Yagya was performed inside Martand temple, a prominent temple vandalised by Shah Miri. On Friday after the Yagya slogans of Har Har Mahadev were raised on the temple premises as people gathered demanding its restoration. The Martand Sun Temple was established by Lalitadatiya Muktapida in the 8th century.

After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, the administrative reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has made a consistent to restore the temples which have been desecrated. The renovation work of the temple has been entrusted to the State Tourism Department.

Not just by invaders like Shah Miri Kashmiri temples faced attack even in independent secular India in 1990 when the Kashmiri Hindu genocide was unleashed. Centuries-old temples like the Raghunath temple were reduced to ruins by terrorists. Not only was it destroyed and burnt down it was plundered in a medieval manner 23 idols, 40 kilograms of silver, gold and other valuables worth lakhs of rupees were looted from the temple. Over the last 30 years, most Hindu temples became garbage dumping sites.

A while back in an interview with Times Now, a Kashmiri Pandit resident said, “This has been our long-standing demand to successive governments including the present one to restore the centres of our faith in the valley. We’ve demanded a bill for the protection and preservation of our religious sites, shrines and temples so that there’s a legal recognition to face this issue.”

G. Kishan Reddy Minister of Tourism in 2019 announced that all the temples in J&K which were destroyed by terrorists will be restored.