(World) Current Affairs 22-31 Mar, 2019

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Sharda Peeth Corridor Proposal in POK Approved by POK Government

  • Pakistan government has approved a proposal to establish a corridor which would allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharda Peeth in the region of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • Sharda Peeth Corridor will be the second corridor to be established after the Kartarpur Corridor which provides access to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.
    • The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sharada, the Hindu Goddess of learning.
    • Sharada Temple is located at Sharada village and it is here that river Kishanganga and two streams Madhmati and Sargun meets.
  • Goddess Sharada is the ‘Kuldevi’ of Kashmiri pundits and is also one of the three famous tirthas, or holy sites, for Kashmiri Pandits, the other two being the Martand Sun Temple and the Amarnath Temple.
  • It is also revered as one of 18 Maha Shakti Peethas, or “Grand Shakti Peethas” which commemorates the location of fallen body parts of the Hindu Goddess Sati.
  • It is believed to be a foremost centre of learning between the 6th and 12th centuries AD hosting scholars such as Kalhana, Adi Shankaracharya, etc.

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