Pampore: The construction of Shri Jawalaji shrine at Khrew village of Pampore in south Kashmir was initiated by a group of Pandits after the administration failed to offer a helping hand.
Sri Jawalji Samiti Khrew, a committee of Kashmiri pandits settled in various parts of India along with Dharmath Trust is looking after the reconstruction work being carried at the temple enclave.
Spokesperson of Sri Jawalaji Samiti Khrew Dr. Roshan Lal Bhat alleged that after the structure of the shrine was gutted they had appealed the local administration for help.
He said that being one of the revered shrines of Kashmiri Pandits they could not wait for the administration and government for its re-construction.
“Shri Jawalaji is one of the few presiding deities that Kashmiri
Pandits follow,” said Maharaj Krishan Raina. He said Jawalaji is presiding deity of most of Kashmiri Pandits in south Kashmir.
The committee members of the shrine told Kashmir Reader that have approached the government for the development of shrine on the pattern of Tulmulla and Hari Parbat but it has yielded nothing so far.
The Samiti said that the construction work would be completed in thrtee phases.
“Two phases have been completed and the work on third one would start soon. We are confident that the shrine would be completed by Ashad Chuttrudishi which falls on July 8 this year,” said Ravi Bhat, Delhi-based civil engineer who is supervising the work.
The temple was completely gutted in a devastating fire in December 2014 being. The shrine is located on a hilltop and this was one of the main reasons that the fire extinguishers could not reach the spot in time to douse the flames. Interestingly, the annual festival at the Hindu shrine attracts a huge number of Muslims of the locality.