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Kashmiri Muslims help restore 80-year-old Shiv temple in Pulwama

ANANTNAG: In yet another example of communal harmony at a time when many Kashmiris are reluctant to visit outside the valley post February 14 attack on CRPF, Kashmiri Muslims are helping to restore an 80-year-old Shiv temple in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.

Reacting to it, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said this is what Kashmiriyat is all about.Once the restoration working in the temple is completed, the Azhan (call for prayers) from mosques and the sound of temple bells will against reverberate in the air in village Acchan in Pulwama, after more than three decades of silence.

The local Muslims led by Muslim Auqaf Committee and a sole Kashmiri Pandit family living in the village are painting, refurnishing, repairing the Shiv temple, which remained deserted since the Pandits migrated from the valley due to militancy in 1990.

The repair and restoration work was suspended for few days following attacks on Kashmiris, including students, in Jammu and other parts of the country after fidayeen attack on CRPF that left 40 jawans dead on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Pulwama.

The village is just about 11 km from the blast site.

However, the locals under the supervision of the Pandit family against started the work on Monday, when the most important festival of the Kashmiri pandits — ‘Herath’ (Maha Shivratri) — was celebrated across the valley by members of the minority community.

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