The Sharda Peeth Temple POK

Sharda Peeth Temple dedicated to Sati or the mother Goddess is one of the Maha Shaktipeeth temple, there are 51 Shakti Peetas across the country, of these 4 are considered as Adi Shaktipeeth and 18 as Maha Shakti Peethas The Sharda Peeth temple is just about 10km from the Line of Control inside PoK, 150km from Muzzafarabad in Pakistan and 130km from Srinagar in India.

Sharda Peeth, or Sharada Peeth, translates to “the seat of Sharda”, or the seat of Saraswati, Locals believe the site converges the powers of goddesses Shakti, Saraswati and Vadevi. it is here that goddess Sati’s right hand fell from the sky. Sharada Peeth translates to “the seat of Sharada”, the Kashmiri name for the Hindu goddess Saraswati. “Sharada” could be also related to the proto-Nostratic terms “sarv”, which means “flow or stream”, and daw (blow, tip or rock), because it was located at the confluence of three streams.

Abul Fazl in Ain-i-Akbari (16th century) says that on every eighth day of the month at the time of full moon, the temple “shakes and produces the most extraordinary effect.” He however does not explain the “extraordinary effect.”

The temple is so vital to Kashmiris that Kashmiri language has the script of Sharda, which is little similar to Devanagari. Kalhana in Rajatarangini has said, devotees of Durga and Shiva from all over the country would flock to the temple of Sharda which can be approached from Bandipur in North Kashmir, about 80 km from Srinagar.

The temple had a massive library attached to it which had priceless works on art, science, literature, architecture, music, humanities, medicine, astrology, astronomy, philosophy, law and jurisprudence and sanskrit etc. The library was used by scholars from even neighbouring countries.

Kashmir was also called “Shardapeeth” (the base of Sharda), the name being derived from the temple. The meaning of it is that Shankara reached the peak of spirituality. We can get an idea of his greatness from the fact that a person of just thirty had ascended the throne of all knowledge.

As it is not possible to visit this shakti peetha, one can visit the famous Saraswathi temple in Basara in Nizamabad district of Telangana. Basara Sri Gnana Saraswathi Temple is 207 km from Hyderabad. Book Tour Package to  The Sharda Peeth Temple POK