After the temporary abolition of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and the reorganization of the state as two union territories, the central government is now preparing to open temples that have been closed for years in the valley. State Home Minister Kishan Reddy said on Monday that the government is conducting a survey of the closed temples in the valley.
Minister of State for Home Reddy said, “We have constituted a committee for a survey of closed schools in Kashmir Valley and they will be reopened. In the last few years, some 50 thousand temples have been closed, some of which were destroyed and the idols are broken. We have ordered a survey of such temples.
Let us tell you that after the period of terrorism started in Jammu and Kashmir in the 90s, lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee the valley. The terrorists massacred Kashmiri Pandits and damaged many temples. After the exodus of the Pandits, many temples in the valley were closed. There are many famous temples among them. There is a temple of Lord Vishnu in Shopia, similarly, there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva in Pahalgam which is still closed.