April-June 2002 issue
my visit to Kashmir
... P. N.
had been to Srinagar from 11th May 2002 to 19th May 2002. I visited Ganesh
Temple at Ganpatyar, Bhagwan Swami Gopi Nath Ji's Temple and Ashram
at Kharyar and Soomyar. I also visited Kheer Bhawani, Vicharnag Temple
and Spring, Hari Parbat (Chakreeshwar), Ganeshbal, Pokhribal, Gurdwara
at Chhatti Padshahi, Ram Temple at Barbarshah, Khrew, Jwalaji, Mattan and
Zeethiyar. I also visited Swami Lakshman ji's Ashram. Three to four Kashmiri
Pandit families are residing near the Ashram. I visited Nishat Garden,
Shankaracharya Temple, Hanuman Temple at Hari Singh High Street, which
is being renovated since 2001.
I had gone to Srinagar last year also and had established a Senior
Citizens' Welfare Council at Rawalpora.
At the Akhara at Badshah Chowk, I saw the recently constructed
new temple. I also had darshan of Bhairov Razah at the back of Akhara.
In the year 1999, Ganeshbal was under the Border Security Force.
Ganesh moorti was black and some pooja was also undertaken by BSF/Army
personnel. In 2001, it was manned by two local police personnel. The position
continued to be the same this year but I was shocked to see it in a bad
shape. At Vicharnag, Nowshera, two small springs meant for men and
women, have almost submerged as if they were not in existence. The temple
and dharamshala here were in bad shape, perhaps because they are not under
Dharmarth Trust or any other organisation. In my opinion, these should
be given under the control of Durganag Committee, which has recently been
constituted by the government.
I also visited Jammu, where I established two Senior Citizens'